The National Nutrition Council MIMAROPA, headed by NPC Ma. Eileen Blanco spearheaded the conduct of Local Nutrition Early Warning System for Food and Nutrition Security (LNEWS-FNS) Program Implementation Review (PIR) on 18 November 2022 via Zoom Application. A total of 20 attendees from municipalities of Abra de Ilog, Occidental Mindoro; Coron, Palawan; and Narra, Palawan participated in the activity.

LNEWS-FNS is a regular or periodic collection of data on food production, food prices, climate, etc. to determine the status of food supply and food security within the community. Data gathered can be used to provide timely warning and intervention, allow government decisions concerning priorities and allocation of resources, and identify affected households and vulnerable areas. Prevalence rates for underweight, stunting, wasting, and overweight and obesity of three (3) LNEWS areas were presented by PEO I Nichole Loyola.

To validate the accomplishments on efficiency and effectiveness of nutrition programs implemented at the local level, PDO I Lorelie Millares presented the status of report submission and trend of malnutrition prevalence rates from 2020-2022 per LNEWS areas. Each LNEWS area is urged to identify whether the data presented are correct or not. Assessing the deterring factors and actions to be taken to improve nutrition situation of three (3) LNEWS areas, PEO I Loyola guided the participants on how to plan activities for next year 2023. Each LGU were clustered to finalize their workshop outputs, with assistance of NNC MIMAROPA staff NO III Keren Gaya, PDO I Millares, and PEO I Loyola.

Each LGU representative presented their workshop output and shared that the LNEWS-FNS tool was useful in identifying their target beneficiaries.

NNC MIMAROPA hopes that every data collected during LNEWS-FNS quarter monitoring be useful for appropriate planning of Local Chief Executives, Policy Makers, and Program Planners at the local level to address food and nutrition insecurity and serve as a guide during pre-preparatory stage of nutrition in emergencies, pandemic, natural disasters, and such unforeseen events.

Written by: PEO I Nichole Loyola