The NM 2013 focus on hunger is part of the Philippines' commitment to the UN Millenium Development Goal particularly Goal 1 which is to eradicate extreme poverty and hunger, specifically to reduce by half of the underweight-for-age under-fives from 27.3% in 1990 to 13.7% in 2015 and reduce by half the percentage of households with inadequate dietary energy intake from 74.2% in 1993 to 37.1% in 2015. While malnutrition prevalence is declining, it is considered at a slow pace with the prevalence of underweight-for-age among preschollers at 20.2% in 2011 (2011 Updating of Nutritional Status, DOST-FNRI). On the other hand, the percentage of households with per capita intake below 100% of the dietary energy requirement is at 66.9% in 2008 (7th National Nutrition Survey, DOST-FNRI), an increase from 57% in 2003. To reach the goals on reducing hunger, more definitive actions on hunger reduction have to be done.
The 2013 Nutrition Month celebration is a call to action to address hunger, specifically:
- all NNC-member agencies to harmonize program implementation/operations along hunger reduction particularly in ensuring that Filipinos have access to adequate, nutritious and safe food;
- local government units to enhance governance to improve delivery and access to social services that will enhance the utilization of food;
- local chief executives to initiate localization of nationally-initiated programs along poverty and hunger reduction
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