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Dr. Azucena M. Dayanghirang is an experienced public health leader. For the past 29 years, she has been a facilitator and a trainer for various health programs particularly on Maternal Child Health and Nutrition. She has served the people of Davao as City Nutrition Action Officer from 1991-1995; Chief of the Technical Services Division and Medical Officer VI of Davao City Health Office from 1996 to 2005; as well as the Provincial Health Officer II and Provincial Nutrition Action Officer of Davao del Sur from 2008 to 2016.

During her stint in the local government, she led the City Nutrition Committee in the planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of health and nutrition programs. She initiated the “Fresh Milk Supplemental Feeding Program,” which led to the reduction of protein-energy malnutrition among 0-6-year-old children. She also successfully lobbied for the regularization of 32 Nutritionist-Dietitians deployed in the 16 Districts of Davao City in 1996.

In 2016, she was elected as the National President of the Nutrition Action Officers' Association of the Philippines (NAOPA), Inc. Shortly after, she was appointed as Deputy Executive Director of the National Nutrition Council (NNC), an attached agency of the Department of Health, Philippines. In August 2019, Dr. Dayanghirang was appointed as the Executive Director of the NNC. Currently, she is designated as the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Philippines Government Focal Point and most recently, appointed as a member of the Executive Committee of the Global Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement representing Asia and Papua New Guinea.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte signed the appointment of Dr. Dayanghirang to Career Executive Service Officer (CESO) Rank III effective 3 December 2020. Recently, she was upgraded to Executive Director IV with the rank of Assistant Secretary as approved by President Duterte through Executive Secretary Salvador C. Medialdea on 21 July 2021.

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National Nutrition Council conducted its three-day Management Conference for the 3rd quarter of 2022 on September 19-22 , 2002 in Lucky China Town Hotel , Manila.

The said Management Conference aims to assess the accomplishments of the National Nutrition Council for the 3rd quarter both in Administrative and Financial status . It was a brainstorming and planning session to its way forward to ending 2022. It was an avenue to scale out future plans and programs in preparation of Fiscal Year 2023.

 The conference was presided by the workaholic and dedicated Executive Director and Assistant Secretary Azucena M. Dayanghirang and was attended by the Deputy Executive Directors , Division Chiefs and all Nutrition Program Coordinators from the different Regional Offices.

Said event was an avenue to discuss salient topics in the following outline ;

Session I : Opening Preliminaries  

               Anchored by : ASec. and ED Dr. Azucena M. Dayanghirang

Session II : Nutrition Program Coordinators’ Association Updates

                Anchored by : DED Rita Papey

Session III : Nutrition Planning and Formulation

                  ( Multi-Program Formulation )

                Anchored by: NPC and OIC Arlene R. Reario , NPPD

Sesion IV : Nutrition Capability Building Services for LGUs and Other    


                Anchored by : Chief Jovita B. Raval , NIED

Session V :    Maintenance of the Nutrition Management Information  


                   Anchored by :  NO IV and OIC Ellen Ruth F. Abella, NSD

Session VI : General Administration and Support

                 Status of Big Ticket items

                 And other Financial Concerns

Anchored by : Atty. Faydah M. Dumarpa, DED-AFS

Session VII : General Administration and Support

                  Review of Agency Performance

Anchored by : ASec and ED Azucena M. Dayanghirang

Session VIII : General Administration and Support

                    Status of CY 2021 Fund Utilization ( BUR )

                   Status of CY 2021 Liquidation of Regional Funds

                   Status of CY 2022 Fund Utilization ( BUR )

                    Status of CY 2022 Liquidation of Regional Funds

                    Update on Fund Releases to Ros for CY 2022

Anchored by : OIC Vilma G. Quiambao , FMD

Session IX : General Administration and Support

                Updates on Various Human Resources and Admin. Concerns

                Status of Filling-up of Vacant Plantilla and Contractual Positions

                Anchored by : Chief Chona M. Fernandez , AD

Session X :  Wrapping -Up the 2nd ManCon S2022

                  Anchored by : Asec. and ED Azucena M. Dayanghirang          


The following agenda were also approved as addendum :               

  • Status of implementation of PMNP
  • Extraordinary miscellaneous expenses under GAA where NNCEA     

Tandingan will provide the guidelines for review of AD Chief Fernandez since NNC ROs are not at the same level as Bureau.

    3. Update on activities of NADEA

    4. Update on the OPT Plus and data quality check

    5. Announcement of winners of the 2022 2nd quarter

        Q-Webby Awards

    6. Guidelines of LHEARN

One of the highlights of the said event was the Oath Taking Ceremony of the Association of Nutrition Prime Movers of the Philippines  Officers for FY 2022-2003. The new set of Officers  who took their Oath were  ;

President                                   : Dr. Parolita A. Mission

Vice -President                           : Arlene R. Reario

Secretary                                    : Milagros Elisa V. Federizo

Asst. Secretary                           : Ana Maria B. Rosaldo

Treasurer                                    : Eileen Blanco

Asst. Treasurer                           : Gladys Mae S. Fernandez

Auditor                                        : Gisela M. Lonzaga

PRO                                            : Reginaldo T. Guillen

Member of the Board of Directors : Resbeth M. Laquihon

                                                 Nimfa D. Ekong

                                                 Bella M. Basalong

                                                 Dr. Catalino P. Dotollo, Jr.

                                                 Dr. Maria Teresa L. Ungson ( ex-officio)

Said oath taking was administered by no less than the head of agency, Assistant Secretary & Executive Director Azucena M. Dayanghirang of the NNC.

Wrapping the event with great optimism , motivation and determination the said Management Conference was indeed a success. Under the leadership of the dynamic and dedicated Executive Director the Management Committee is ready to slay and conquer the future work challenges.

Looking forward to another ManCon in the 4th quarter of 2022 !

Kudos NNC !



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