The Central Visayas Regional Nutrition Committee in partnership with Central Visayas Nutrition Action Officers Association, Inc. culminated its 48th Nutrition Month Celebration with the 2022 Grand Nutrition Awards back to back with the Regional Congress of Nutrition Action Officers ( NAOs) last September 16, 2022 at Robinsons summit Galleria Hotel , Cebu City with the theme ; “ Kalig-ong Nutrisyon , susi sa pagtukod ug mas maayong bag-ong NAOrmal”
The event highlighted the recognition of the different local government units and local nutrition focal points who had shown exemplary performance which contributed to the improvement of the Central Visayas nutrition situation , specifically in their respective communities.
NNC Executive Director and Assistant Secretary Azucena M. Dayanghirang graced the said event as their Keynote Speaker .
Asec. Apet on her speech informed the crowd that in the coming months, the National Nutrition Council (NNC) will adopt the Philippine Plan of Action for Nutrition (PPAN) for 2023-2028. The formulation of the PPAN shall consider resilience-building strategies to improve food and nutrition security and end all forms of malnutrition. She further encouraged them to be united in adopting the PPAN through their respective local nutrition action plans and putting sufficient fund support for its operationalization. She expressed her trust that NAOs will actively participate in the upcoming dissemination activities that NNC has lined up for the new PPAN at the national and local levels.
“We celebrated this year's Nutrition Month with the theme "New normal na nutrisyon, sama-samang gawan ng solusyon!" which calls for strengthened nutrition interventions and solidarity towards nutrition improvement. The theme reverberated throughout the country, and the call to build nutrition resilience has been made louder. We must recognize how vital nutrition is in resilience-building strategies, especially in the country's steps towards recovery from the pandemic. Improving our resilience will also address factors affecting malnutrition. Thus, improved resilience means improved nutrition. This event is an opportune time for us to understand the key role of nutrition resilience in building a better new normal and emphasize the contribution of the nutrition action officers” , Asec. Apet stated .
It was indeed a successful and colorful event as the Central Visayas Association of Nutrition Action Officers, Inc. ( CeVANAO ) gathered together in a Congress to shed light on the importance of building nutrition resiliency in the new normal , discuss the key elements of podcasting and vlogging which are essential to promote and advocate good nutrition, most importantly to articulate their past accomplishments , financial standing and membership status of the association .
Asec. Dayanghirang was so grateful to be part of such momentous occasion which also spelled the kind of leadership she portrayed as the Head of Agency of the National Nutrition Council.
Congratulations to the working team of CeVANAO , and to the untiring initiative of NPC Dr. Parolita A. Mission !