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.

picture 3rd mancon 2020

Headed by Executive Director Dr. Azucena M. Dayanghirang, the management of the National Nutrition Council (NNC) gathered virtually for the 3rd Quarterly Management Conference (ManCon), s.2020 on 28-29 September and 2 October 2020. Along with Executive Director Dayanghirang, the management is composed of the 17 Regional Nutrition Program Coordinators (RNPCs) and 5 Division Chiefs of the NNC central office (CO).

It has been a usual practice for the Division Chiefs of the NNC CO to present updates, accomplishments, and concerns of their divisions. However, considering that we are facing challenges brought about by COVID-19 and that the regional offices (ROs)are directly acting or coordinating at the regional level to address these, RNPCs were requested to report instead. Included in their presentations were the following: 1) accomplishments as of 15 September;    2) good news from the ROs such as factors that contributed to the implementation of planned activities even with COVID-19 as well as good practices on COVID response that can be replicated in other regions; 3) challenges that affected the implementation of planned activities; and 4) corrective measures to ensure that the challenges encountered are addressed.