ro armm keyline agenciesSecretary of Health, Dr. Kadil M. Sinolinding Jr., DPBO, Officer In-Charge of the National Nutrition Council-ARMM presided and spearheaded the first regional meeting for the creation of Regional Nutrition Committee in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao on June 19, 2013 at RPDO Conference Hall, ORG Compound, Cotabato City. The main agenda of the said meeting is to continue the partnerships of all key players of the Integrated Action for Hunger Alleviation and Improved Nutrition (HAIN) Angat Tayo! Caravan Team and to present the draft of Regional Nutrition Committee Strategic Plan (RNCSP) for 2013-2016 to the different line agencies of ARMM which is then subject for ratification and amendment by the body.

In a statement by Dr. Sinolinding Jr. to ABS-CBN Central Mindanao, the RNC-ARMM goal is to have a healthy and empowered region through sustainable nutrition programs by the end of 2016. The meeting was attended by the Regional Secretary of Department of Transportation & Communication; Engr. Pama Dimapanat to show his support for the nutrition advocacy of National Nutrition Council – ARMM, Ms. Sittie Pieron Du from Dep Ed-ARMM, Ms. Wahida Guinomla from DSWD-ARMM, Ms. Albaya Sagad from DAF-ARMM, Ms. Myrna Alfonso from RPDO-ARMM, and Alice Gamas of DOST-ARMM are ardent supporters of NNC and focal persons of the HAIN Angat Tayo! Caravan team. The RNCSP were amended by the group and developed its first ever regional organizational structure for ARMM. Further, the group decided to have a second round meeting on June 25, 2013 to plan the upcoming 39th Nutrition Month Celebration, with this year’s theme “Gutom at malnutrisyon, sama-sama natin wakasan”.

The meeting started with the presentation on State of Nutrition in ARMM by Ms. Celia Sagaral, RND, MPH and she emphasized that the ARMM target by 2015 are to decrease the prevalence of underweight children under-five by 13.6%, prevalence of stunting in under-five children by 21.5% and prevalence of wasted children under-five by <5% and prevalence of nutritionally at risk pregnant & lactating mothers by 22.8%.