The National Nutrition Council Governing Board Resolution No. 1 s. 2009 adopted the DOH National Policy on Nutrition Management in Emergencies and Disasters stipulating the guidelines in the delivery of Nutrition and nutrition related services for the nutritional well-being of the population specially to the vulnerable groups. In addition, there was an amendment to Department Personnel Order 2007-2492 regarding the Creation of the Health Cluster with Sub-clusters on Nutrition, Wash and Health and NNC as the overall chair of the local nutrition cluster.
In compliance, the National Nutrition Council-LUPangIlocos spearheaded the Organization of Nutrition Clusters in the region. It was held on May 8, 2014 at DOH Licensing Conference Room, San Fernando City, La Union. The meeting was participated the following member agencies: DSWD, DA, DOH, DILG, DOST, OCD, CHED, and DTI.
The Nutrition Cluster aims to ensure that the nutritional status of the affected population especially the most vulnerable groups like the infants, children, pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers, older persons, people with disabilities, and people living with debilitating conditions will not worsen or deteriorate due to the impact of emergency and disaster by linking with other cluster/sector groups and establishing capacities at all levels.
Mr. Renzie Ivan A. Costales of OCD presented an Overview of Disaster Risk Reduction and Management including some initiatives done by RDRRMC. Likewise, RNPC Ma. Eileen B. Blanco discussed the roles and responsibilities of partner agencies in the nutrition cluster.
To further strengthen the competence of the Regional Nutrition Cluster members, training on Nutrition in Emergencies and Infant Feeding in Emergencies will be conducted sometime in August 2014 by NNC-Regional Office I.
RNPC Blanco encouraged everyone to be always ready in times of emergency and disaster in order to ensure the nutritional well being of the affected population groups.