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PDI PlannigWS 2022Surigao City- As part of the over-all local government unit (LGU) mobilization strategy in scaling up nutrition, the National Nutrition Council Caraga region conducted a three (3)-day Planning Workshop on Integrating Nutrition in Provincial Development and Physical Framework Plan (PDPFP), Comprehensive (CDP), and Local Development Investment Programs for Local Government Units known as the "Local Nutrition Action Planning Workshop" for the Province of Dinagat Islands on 14-16 September 2022  at the Almont Beach Resort, Lipata, Surigao City, Surigao Del Norte.

A total of fifty (50) participants from eight (8) municipalities, including the province attended the said planning workshop. Each LGU or planning Core team is composed of Nutrition Action Officer, Municipal Health Officer, Municipal Budget Officer, Planning and Development Coordinator and Officer, Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Officer, SB on Health and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK), and Municipal Administrator.

During her message, UNICEF Philippines Nutrition Cluster Coordinator, Ms. Kristine Angeli Gimongala, shared that UNICEF Philippines is hopeful that the planning workshop will bring a well-thought nutrition action plan and will benefit the constituents of the LGUs and the province. This will be more beneficial especially the children who are suffering from malnutrition.

Meanwhile, OIC-Regional Nutrition Program Coordinator Dr. Niño Archie S. Labordo of the National Nutrition Council of Caraga Region explained why the Local Government Units (LGUs) need to give high priority to nutrition and make a significant investment in nutrition. Dr. Labordo also illustrates how LGUs can invest in nutrition, focusing on the first 1000 days to effectively prevent and reduce cases of stunting in the country.

As a refresher to the participants, a guest speaker from the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), Local Government Operation Officer VI, Ms. Wilivie C. Diola, explains the composition of the Local Nutrition Committee (LNC), the roles and responsibilities of each member to focus well on nutrition.

The planning workshop was concluded with positive feedback from participants. They expressed their gratitude to the facilitators, the NNC Caraga and the funding agency, UNICEF Philippines. The workshop enhanced their knowledge in formulating a realistic Local Nutrition Action Plan (LNAP) for the year 2023–2025. #JAOPortillas