The Philippine Plan of Action for Nutrition (PPAN), 2011-2016 is the country's response to malnutrition. An integral component and as a companion plan of the Philippine Development Plan (PDP), 2011-2016, PPAN provides the framework for improving the nutritional status of Filipinos. The NNC believes that nutrition should and would have influence and would be influenced by other concerns in the PDP -- from pursuit of inclusive growth to macroeconomic policy, industry, agriculture and fisheries, infrastructure, governance, peace and security, and environment and natural resources.
The PPAN, like the PDP is also anchored on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), particularly those related to nutrition that targets halving the 1990 levels of underweight among under-fives and or households with inadequate energy intake.
The PPAN takes off from the nutrition situation as determined by the 2008 national nutrition survey and in essence, there is a need to catch up with many of the targets, and at the same time sustain and protect gains already achieved. The PPAN presents the following challenges that should be addressed:
- Child undernutrition
- Maternal undernutrition
- Deficiencies in iron, iodine and vitamin A
- Obesity and overweight
The PPAN 2011-2016 aims to address the nutrition situation, providing a guide for all who want to be involved in nutrition action. It lays out targets, directions, and priority actions, among others.
Actions to address nutritional problems and achieve the targets will be based on several guiding principles, that include, among others, a human-rights perspective that recognizes that good nutrition is a basic human right. As such, each Filipino and Filipino family, as claim holders are responsible for the attainment of the nutritional well-being of the families and family members. Government and others in the development sector, as duty bearers, have the responsibility to assist those who are unable as of yet to enjoy the right to good nutrition.
The PPAN builds on past national plans. Many nurition and related interventions have been implemented in the past with varying degrees of success. The current PPAN builds on these experiences to identify a mix of strategies and interventions.
For more information about the PPAN, write or call:
Assistant Secretary of Health Maria-Bernardita T. Flores, CESO II
Executive Director IV, National Nutrition Council
Nutrition Building, 2332 Chino Roces Avenue Extension, Taguig City
Telephone numbers 8435838; 8435832; 8435818
Fax number 8435818; 8435834