ro4b 2016 npm trainingTwenty Four (24) participants are now ready for action as they completed the NNC's Training on Nutrition Program Management (NPM) held on August 9-12, 2016 at the Makati Palace Hotel, Makati City. The participants were newly designated Nutrition Action Officers, District Nutrition Program Coordinators, Members of Sanguniang Bayan, Municipal Health, Agriculture and Medical officers and Midwives. Four Members of Regional Technical Working Group for Nutrition attended as well.

The facilitators of the training were Mark Angelo R. Lorenzo, Nutritionist-Dietitian III of Department of Social Welfare and Development MIMAROPA; Ms. Angelina R. Bustos, Assistant Professor of Institute of Human Nutrition and Food, College of Human Ecology, University of the Philippines Los Banos, College, Laguna; and Abigail A. Pabro, Nutrition Officer II of National Nutrition Council - Nutrition Information and Education Division. OIC-RNPC Carina Z. Santiago and Hannah Christina P. Clemente served as the training supervisors while NO I Francis Erik P. Bacena and AA VI Marissa S. Mangalindan acted as secretariat.

The training aimed to capacitate the participants with knowledge and skills in effective planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of nutrition action programs. In addition, the training would benefit the representatives of national government agencies in coordinating and evaluating the local government units in the implementation of nutrition programs and to be in line with the principles of nutrition program management.

Participants were initially overwhelmed with the roles and functions of Nutrition Action Officers but as the training progressed, participants were able to understand the nutrition program management process through the sharing of ideas of other participants and facilitation of trainers. Some of the participants’ comments were" I now have a better understanding of Nutrition Program Management”; and “I had the chance to see and experience how nutrition action plans are being made and become aware of the factors to consider in all the phases of NPM”.
Through the training, participants produced re-entry plans that will serve as guide and framework for nutrition planning in the following years.