28 September 2022
National Nutrition Council, Executive Director and Assistant Secretary Azucena M. Dayanghirang , together with her Deputy Director Rita Papey and the Division Chiefs convened in a meeting with the team from the Office of the Vice- President at the NNC- Office of the Executive Director’s Conference Room.
In attendance to the said meeting from the OVP were Atty. Zuleika Lopez Chief of Staff -OVP, Atty. Lucky Ebrole , Mr. Norman Baloro , Chief for Local Affairs & Special Projects , Liezel Ilagan and Ain Arienza both OVP staff.
As the OVP started the roll-out of its socio-economic services through the Satellite Offices located in Bacolod , Cebu, Dagupan , Davao , Tacloban , Surigao and Zamboanga , it intends to expand further to reach unserved areas through the OVP Kalusugan Food Truck which will serve as mobile kitchen for national programs and disaster response activities .
OVP requested the NNC to a personal meeting to discuss partnerships between OVP and NNC for possible technical support, the latter being the country’s highest policy-making and coordinating body on Nutrition .
OVP Kalusugan Food Truck is an OVP program to be implemented in areas affected by natural calamities and human- induced calamities among others. It seeks to help children suffering from malnutrition , hunger, and poor development . In collaboration with the Department of Education and Department of Health through the National Nutrition Council , the OVP Kalusugan Food Truck aims to maximize its operations through conducting a supplemental feeding which shall be implemented for 120 days in identified schools and barangays in the country subject to the beneficiaries’ health and nutrition standards.
NNC thru the leadership of Assistant Secretary Azucena M. Dayanghirang, with full optimism welcomed the said future partnership with OVP in the Kalusugan Food Truck Project . The NNC Executive Director believed that OVP Kalusugan Food Truck project is an excellent program to address and do something about the incidences of severe malnutrition in the country. She expressed her gratefulness for this collaboration with the Office of the Vice-President . NNC is more than happy to share their strategies for program and intervention implementation , cycle menu and monitoring tools to reach more communities in addressing the nutritional needs across the country especially in times of emergencies .