RO5 2014 nutrition month launchingThe whole nation celebrates the month of July as the Nutrition Month pursuant to Section 7 of Presidential Decree 491, known as the Nutrition Act of the Philippines. The month-long celebration encompasses a different nutrition-focused theme every year to create greater awareness among the public on the importance of nutrition.

In response, the National Nutrition Council (NNC) Region 5 led the Regional Launching of the 40th observance of Nutrition Month held last 1 July 2014 at Camarines Sur Polytechnic Colleges (CSPC), Nabua Camarines Sur with the theme: “Kalamidad paghandaan: Gutom at malnutrisyon agapan!” (Prepare for emergencies to prevent hunger and malnutrition!). Since the Philippines has pre-existing condition of malnutrition that can be worsened by emergencies and disasters, the theme was focused on Nutrition in Emergencies (NiEm) to foster preparedness and engagement within the community and to promote strategies on how to improve recovery from disaters.

“Because of Bicol’s stubborn under-nutrition statistics, this launching is also a declaration of war against hunger and malnutrition", Atty. Fernando D. Simbulan, Nabua’s Municipal Administrator said in his Welcome Remarks.

Supported by the members of Regional Technical Working Group (RTWG) and Regional Nutrition Evaluation Team (RNET) from DSWD, DOST, DepEd, Intervida Philippines Foundation (NGO), and DBM together with C/MNAOs and DCNPCs of Camarines Sur, the successful launching convened over 200 participants composed of representatives from various sectors: faculty members and students of CSPC, nurses, midwives and the members of the City and Barangay Nutrition Committees from Iriga City and Rinconada areas - Baao, Buhi, Bula, Balatan, Bato and Nabua. Nabua Vice Mayor Ramiro Felipe L. Fortuna IV and other officials from private and government agencies also attended the said activity.

NNC at 40, A week of Recognizing Hard Word25 June 1974. Then President Ferdinand Marcos signed the Presidential Decree 491 which declared that nutrition is a priority program of the government. This law authorized the creation of an agency that will create nutrition policies and coordinate, monitor and evaluate nutrition programs in the country. Thus, the National Nutrition Council was born.

Forty years later, employees, personnel, clients and partners all over the Philippines converged to celebrate this momentous event in the history of nutrition in our country. The weeklong celebration, on 23-27 June 2014, held at the NNC Central Office, Taguig City, involved the following events:

A Regional Exhibit where each region in the country, from regions 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, CAR, CARAGA, ARMM, and NCR, displayed the products of their respective regions, from food, crops, and other major produces to handicraft and fashion items. Each regional office also showed their major accomplishments (from the beginning to the present) proudly displayed) in a 2ft. x 6ft. tarpaulin proudly displayed ( situated) in front of their respective tents all throughout the 3-day exhibit on 23-25 June 2014.

A Team Building Activity on 24 June 2014, where competence, friendship, and camaraderie were the center of the whole-day activity. The atmosphere was happy and joyous with the different games and activities that the whole NNC family eagerly participated. (Different) The group was divided into 5 teams. (Staff from (different) various regions were distributed into 5 teams to give everybody the chance to meet and work with everybody else). Everyone showed their competent side but cooperation and determination to complete the tasks given were very much evident throughout the day. After each activity, group assessments were made and application to daily work was identified. (how the tasks can relate to their daily work in the office).