The formative evaluation of the PPAN under the NEDA-UNDP Strategic Monitoring and Evaluation Project was conducted to determine to what degree LGUs have applied the PPAN 2017-2022 strategic thrusts in nutrition programming. It pointed out some successes of the PPAN such as the 1) LGU mobilization as measured by the support to PPAN programs at the national, regional and provincial levels, and 2) sustained nutrition action planning processes at the national level. It also described challenges or constraints inhibiting effective nutrition planning, coordination, and delivery. 


In 2019, the Government of the Philippines (GOP) entered into a cooperation agreement with the United Nations Children’s Fund for the period 2019-2023 through the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA). The goal of this agreement is for the most marginalized, vulnerable and at-risk people to benefit from inclusive and quality services, and to live in a supportive environment wherein nutrition, food security and health are ensured and protected. Part of the agreement is for UNICEF to provide various assistance programs to the GOP, one of which aims to develop and strengthen the capacity of the three branches of the Philippine government on evaluation. For the Legislative branch, the Senate Economic Planning Office (SEPO) and the Congressional Policy and Budget Research Department (CPBRD) of the House of Representatives have been chosen as partners to implement the program. This partnership eventually led to the formulation of a knowledge-sharing forum series on evaluation in the form of the National Evaluation Policy (NEP) Forum. The 1st NEP Forum held in February focused on the evaluation of the K to 12 Program, while the 2nd NEP Forum held online on 3 November focused on the formative evaluation of the Philippine Plan of Action for Nutrition (PPAN) 2017-2022.

NNC ED as panel

The Executive Director of the National Nutrition Council (NNC), Dr. Azucena M. Dayanghirang, served as one of the four panelists during the webinar entitled "Micronutrients & Immunity: Fortified rice for healthy diets during COVID-19 in Asia."

During the panel discussion, Dr. Dayanghirang shared the successful implementation of rice fortification in Davao de Oro, where the provincial government was able to require the use of iron-fortified rice for school feeding programs. The sustained implementation was attributed to several factors including the presence of a local producer of iron-fortified rice in the province, the political support to implement mandatory rice fortification through the enactment of ordinances, the regular conduct of monitoring, as well as the continuous information dissemination on the use and importance of iron-fortified rice through nutrition education classes and nutrition counseling.