ro4b 2018 RPAN 04052018

With the aim of creating the plan to solve the malnutrition problems in MiMaRoPa, representatives of the Regional Nutrition Committee (RNC) convened last 14-16 March 2018 for the Regional Plan of Action for Nutrition (RPAN) 2019-2022 Formulation Workshop for Regions I, II, III, NCR, CAR, IV-A, MiMaRoPa, and V at St. Giles Hotel, Makati City.


The RPAN is a document which will help the full operationalization of the Philippine Plan of Action for Nutrition (PPAN) 2017-2022. It embodies the key commitment of regional agencies most especially the member agencies of the RNC along the PPAN programs and along the share of the malnutrition burden of the country. The RPAN is a plan that commits NNC sector agencies represented at the regional level to action with corresponding resources addressed to the priority nutrition problems in the region. These agencies collectively will contribute to the proportionate share of the malnutrition burden and corresponding targets in the PPAN. The RPAN forms an integral part of the Regional Development Plan. It is also the document that will reflect the contribution of the provincial governments in the regional burden as basis for setting commitment through their respective local nutrition action plans. The process of preparing the RPAN will serve as a platform for further mobilization of sectoral member agencies of the NNC and local governments.

The RPAN Formulation Workshop aimed to:

  1. Assess the nutrition situation of the region against the prevailing nutritional problems with specific focus on the First 1000 Days;
  2. Identify existing gaps or adequacies of ongoing nutrition actions and interventions;
  3. Define the regional outcome targets consistent with those of the PPAN;
  4. Identify programs and interventions including program coverage based on the proportionate share of the malnutrition burden and corresponding targets in the Philippine Plan of Action for Nutrition (PPAN);
  5. Determine assumptions, risks and mitigation strategies to strengthen the feasibility of the RPAN;
  6. Determine resource requirements, resource mobilization strategies for the effective implementation of PPAN;
  7. Define accountabilities of regional structures and entities responsible for the RPAN implementation;
  8. Define the monitoring, reporting and evaluation mechanism for the RPAN

The RPAN Formulation Workshop was attended by representatives from RNC member agencies of MiMaRoPa including the Department of Health (DOH), Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), Department of Agriculture (DA), Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Department of Science and Technology (DOST), Commission on Population (POPCOM), Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), Philippine Information Agency (PIA), Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR), and the National Food Authority (NFA) who worked hand-in-hand to produce the first draft of the RPAN 2019-2022 which includes programs, projects and activities aligned with the nutrition-specific and sensitive programs of the PPAN 2017-2022.

The nutritional status of MiMaRoPa was presented by OIC Carina Z. Santiago. According to the results of the 2015 National Nutrition Survey Updating of Nutritional Status of Filipino Children and Other Population Groups conducted by the Food and Nutrition Research Institute of the Department of Science and Technology (FNRI-DOST), MiMaRoPa ranked 1st among all the regions with the highest prevalence of underweight children at 31.8%. In addition, underweight prevalence increased from 27.6% in 2013 to 31.8% in 2015, while stunting prevalence increased from 35.8% in 2013 to 40.9% in 2015. On the other hand, wasting prevalence is consistent at 9.7% in 2013 and 2015. Several immediate and underlying factors were also presented, most notable of which is the high prevalence of at risk pregnant women, poor sanitation practices, low food intake and high food insecurity among households.

The participants were divided per PPAN Program and were asked to enumerate agency programs in line with the PPAN. The summary of programs and projects finalized in the RPAN includes the following:


 1. IYCF and First 1000 Days (F1K)    1. Enabling Program for FIK
 1. Mobilization of LGUs on the F1K Days
 2. Feeding for Pregnant Women
 3. Mobilization of LGU resources for dietary supplementation
2. Infant and Young Child Feeding 4. Organization of IYCF Support Group
5. Advocacy and compliance monitoring of EO 51 and RA 10028
6. Promotion of locally produced complementary food
7. Exclusive Breastfeeding
8. Establishment of IYCF Task Force

2. National Dietary Supplementation


3. Dietary Supplementation Program for

Preschool Children

9. Food Supplementation

4. Dietary Supplementation Program for

School Children


10. School-Based Supplementary Feeding  
11. School-Based Feeding Complementary Activities

5. Dietary Supplementation Program

of the DOH

12. Mobilization of Local Government Unit (LGU) resources for

dietary supplementation

3. Adolescent Health And Development  

6. Adolescent Health and Development



13. U4U (peer-to-peer approach)
14. Establishment of Teen Centers

15. Learning Package for Parent Education on Adolescent Health

and Development (LPPEAHD)

7. Responsible Parenthood and Family


16. KATROPA (Kalalakihang Tapat sa Responsibilidad at

Obligasyon sa Pamilya)

17. Pre-Marriage Counselling (PMC)

18. Classes on Responsible Parenthood and Family

Planning (RPFP)

4. Micronutrient Supplementation

8. Micronutrient Supplementation for

pregnant/lactating women

19. Provision of Iron and Folic Acid (IFA) to pregnant/lactating women

20. Provision of calcium carbonate

9. Micronutrient Supplementation

For Preschool Children (0-59 months)

21. Provision of Micronutrient Powder (MNP) to children 6-23 months

22. Provision of Vitamin A Supplementation to 6-11 months

23. Provision of Vitamin A Supplementation to preschools

24. Provision of deworming tablets

25. Provision of Iron Syrup

5. Overweight and Obesity Management

and Prevention 

10. Overweight and Obesity Management

and Prevention

26. Package of Services for Overweight and Obesity

6. Mandatory Food Fortification 11. Mandatory Food Fortification

27. ASIN Summit (Palawan and Occidental Mindoro)

28. Ensuring adequately iodized salts in salt plants/warehouse/sellers

29. Purchase of WYD Iodine Checker

30. Ensuring functionality of regional and local Bantay Asin Task Force


31. Capacity Building on PIMAM

8. Nutrition in Emergencies 13. Nutrition in Emergencies

32. Building and strengthening capacity for preparedness

33. Strengthening response capacities

34. Strengthening recovery and rehabilitation capacity

9. Nutrition Promotion for Behaviour


14. Nutrition Promotion for Behavior

Change of DSWD

35. Capacity Building of CDWs (IMAM, PES, PSN)

15. Nutrition Promotion Program for Behavior

Change of DepEd


36. Health and Nutrition Education (among learners and


37. Garden-Based Food Education Program (new)

16. Communication Support to the Nutrition and 

Health Programs using the various available

platforms of PIA

38. News production
39. Social media postings
40. Radio/Broadcast
10. Nutrition Sensitive Programs 17. BFAR 41. Aquaculture Production Services
42. Post-harvest Services
43. Provision of boats to be used for livelihood
18. DOLE

44. DOLE Integrated Livelihood and Emergency and

Employment Program (DILEEP)

19. DENR 45. Provision of livelihood Agroforestry project
46. Mangrove plantation
20. DOST 47. Research and Development on Food Products
48. Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program (SETUP)
49. Community Empowerment through Science and Technology (CEST)
21. DA 50. Gulayan sa Paaralan
51. Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD)
52. Inclusion of nutrition modules in training sessions of DA
22. DAR 53. Potable Water Support to ARAs
54. Village Level Farm Focused Enterprise Development (VLFED)
55. Partnership Against Hunger & Poverty
23. DTI 56. Shared Service Facilities Project (SSF)

57. Skills training for livelihood enhancement of special sector –

(Empowering Special Sectors through skills training)

25. NFA 58. Local procurement program on rice
26. DSWD 59. Establishment of new CDCs
60. Bio-intensive Gardens in CDCs
27. DepEd 61. Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) in Schools (WinS)
62. Gulayan sa Paaralan Program
28. DOH 63. Expanded Program on Immunization
64. Immunization of Pregnant Women
11. Enabling Programs 29. Enabling Programs

65. Mobilization of Local Government Units for Delivery of

Nutritional Outcomes

66. Policy Development for Food and Nutrition
67. Management Strengthening Support to RPAN Effectiveness


At the end of the workshop, a draft RPAN was formulated while member agencies were given a task to finalize their inputs especially their targets and budget. Next steps for the RPAN includes further consultation with member agencies, conduct of RNC meeting to discuss the RPAN, and the finalization of the draft. These activities will be conducted from March until June 2018.//jlbv