23 March 2017 – President Rodrigo Roa Duterte appointed on March 8, 2017 the two private sector representatives to the NNC Governing Board namely: Dr. Amado R. Parawan, Health and Nutrition Advisor of Save the Children and Representative of the Philippine Coalition of Advocates for Nutrition Security (PhilCAN); and Mr. Romeo C. Dongeto, Executive Director of Philippine Legislators’ Committee on Population and Development (PLCPD).
PhilCAN, formerly known as Koalisyon Para Alagaan at Isalba ang Nutrisyon has been recognized as one of the leading organizations in the field of nutrition through community and school-based interventions, applied research, innovations and modeling. It has been in existence for almost 16 years and has served as an advocacy group to move forward the agenda of improved nutrition among vulnerable and marginalized populations served by its member organization in different areas of the country.
PLCPD on the other hand, is a non-stock, non-profit organization established by a group of legislators from the Senate and House of Representatives committed to working with and among legislative bodies from the national down to the local level. PLCPD’s concern is on developing policy champions and generating viable, responsive and people-centered public policies on population and human development e.g. reproductive health, public health, governance and fiscal reforms, gender equality and equity, among others.
The Implementing Guidelines of EO 234 indicate the following criteria for the selection of the private sector representatives: 1) Nationwide coverage, 2) With programs that are consistent with the priorities of the national nutrition plan/program, 3) Targets priority population groups of the national nutrition plan/program.
The selection of the private sector representatives addresses the need to strengthen linkages with organizations that have a proven track record in supporting food and nutrition security programs at the grassroots level, as well as those that work with local government units, and along policy and legislative advocacy.
The newly-appointed private sector representatives will take their oath before President Duterte on March 30, 2017 in Malacañang.
They will also submit a statement on conflict of interest.