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The NNC, as mandated by law, is the country's highest policy-making and coordinating body on nutrition. 



Improving the nutrition situation in cannot be achieved by spoonfeeding alone nor by the generosity of a single sector's spoon.

It requires collaboration in creating and recreating ideas; seeking unity and totality of approach toward nutritional adequacy for all Filipinos.


NNC Core Functions

  1. Formulate national food and nutrition policies and strategies and serve as the policy, coordinating and advisory body of food, nutrition and health concerns;
  2. Coordinate planning, monitoring, and evaluation of the national nutrition program;
  3. Coordinate the hunger mitigation and malnutrition prevention program to achieve relevant Millennium Development Goals;
  4. Strengthen competencies and capabilities of stakeholders through public education, capacity building and skills development;
  5. Coordinate the release of funds, loans, and grants from government organizations (GOs) and nongovernment organizations (NGOs); and
  6. Call on any department, bureau, office, agency and other instrumentalities of the government for assistance in the form of personnel, facilities and resources as the need arises.

History of Composition and Legal Bases

  • 1947   Creation of the Philippine Institute of Nutrition (PIN) as a first attempt to institutionalize a national nutrition program
  • 1958   Reorganization of the PIN into the Food and Nutrition Research Center (FNRC) under the National Science and Development Board
  • 1960   Organization of the National Coordinating Council on Food and Nutrition (NCCFN), a loose organization of government and non-government  agencies and organizations involved in nutrition and related projects.
  • 1971   Promulgation of Executive Order No. 285, mandating the National Food and Agriculture Council (NFAC) to coordinate nutrition programs in addition to coordinating national food programs, thus, superseding the NCCFN.
  • 1974   Promulgation of Presidential Decree No. 491 (Nutrition Act of the Philippines, 25 June 1974), which created the National Nutrition Council (NNC) as the highest policy-making and coordinating body on nutrition.
  • 1987   Promulgation of Executive Order No. 234 (Reorganization Act of NNC, 22 July 1987) reaffirming the need for an intersectoral national policy-making and coordinating body on nutrition. It expanded the membership of the NNC to include the Departments of Budget and Management (DBM), Labor and Employment (DOLE), Trade and Industry (DTI), and National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA). The Department of Social Welfare and Development was named chair of the NNC Governing Board.
  • 1988   Administrative Order No. 88 named the Department of Agriculture as the NNC Chair of the NNC Governing Board.
  • 2005   Executive Order No. 472 named the Department of Health (DOH) as the chair of the NNC, with the Department of Agriculture (DA) and the Interior of Local Government (DILG) as vice-chairs. In addition to its policy and coordinating functions, NNC was also tasked to focus on hunger-mitigation and authorized to generate and mobilize resources for nutrition and hunger-mitigation programs.
  • 2007   Executive Order No. 616 designated the NNC as  oversight of the Accelerated Hunger-Mitigation Program to ensure that hunger-mitigation measures are in place, and are reported to the President.