National and local stakeholders to rally support during launch
The Philippine Plan of Action for Nutrition (PPAN) as the country’s blueprint of actions for nutrition improvement is now set in motion as the National Nutrition Council (NNC), together with key national and local stakeholders, will launch the PPAN 2017-2022 on 2 May 2017 at the city of love, Iloilo City.
Health Secretary and NNC Governing Board Chair Paulyn Jean B. Rosell-Ubial and other GB members will lead the ceremonial turn-over of PPAN 2017-2022 to Iloilo Province represented by Governor and Chair of the Provincial Nutrition Committee Arthur D. Defensor, Sr. This turn-over is symbolic of the services provided under the PPAN. Iloilo province is one of the 38 priority areas of PPAN identified because of the large numbers of stunted children.
Assistant Secretary of Health and NNC Executive Director Maria-Bernardita T. Flores will present the PPAN 2017-2022. A/Sec. Flores expresses hope that the new plan of action will be embraced, not only by nutrition implementers, but most especially by the Filipino people.
The PPAN 2017-2022 launch aims to present to stakeholders involved in its implementation the targets for various forms of malnutrition and the corresponding programs needed to address these. Aside from the targets, directions, and priority actions included in the plan, it will also define the roles and contributions of stakeholders for the achievement of PPAN 2017-2022 goals and targets.
NNC has always pushed for the cultivation of the public’s appreciation towards nutrition, especially the local government units (LGUs) for integrating nutrition in their political and development agenda. The commitments that will be generated from key stakeholders during the launch is hoped to help pitch the PPAN to its success.
The launch will also highlight an exhibit of the 8 nutrition-specific and nutrition-sensitive programs of the PPAN. The exhibit is essentially an experiential activity that will provide the participants with compelling exposure on various nutrition problems and the designs of different PPAN interventions. Participants will be composed of the members of the regional media groups organized by the NNC to promote good nutrition, Chairs of Regional Nutrition Committees, representatives from various NGOs involved in nutrition as well as international development partners. The event is being organized by the National Nutrition Council.