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The National Nutrition Council Region III, in partnership with the Philippine Information Agency Regional Office III, spearheaded the conduct of 2021 Nutrition Month Launching cum Presser on 5 July 2021 via zoom teleconference and FB livestream.

The event was attended by more than nine hundred participants from national line agencies, local government units and local media partners.

The 2021 NM Launch cum Presser started with the 2021 NM prayer and national anthem followed by the Welcome Message of Dr. Corazon I. Flores of the DOH Central Luzon Center for Health Development and Chair of the Central Luzon Regional Nutrition Committee (CL RNC). Dr. Flores emphasized DOH’s lead role in implementing First 1,000 Days programs. She likewise encouraged members of the CL RNC to collaborate to end hunger and malnutrition in the region.

RNPC Rosaldo discussed the overview of the 2021 Nutrition Month celebration which included proposed actions and activities of various stakeholders.

Panel of discussants during the Press Conference were members of the CL RNC led by Dr. Flores, OIC Regional Director Jay E. Timbreza of the DILG-Regional Office III, OIC Regional Executive Director Crispulo G. Bautista of the DA Regional Field Unit III represented by Engr. AB David, Regional Director William Beltran of the PIA Regional Office III, Regional Director Julius Cesar Sicat of the DOST Regional Office III and RNPC Ana Maria B. Rosaldo of the NNC-Region III.

Issues and concerns raised by the media include current efforts of each CL RNC member agencies to address stunting in Central Luzon, gaps that need to be addressed in the region, and activities of the agency during the month-long NM celebration. Each of the invited guest also gave their message of commitment to support the 2021 NM campaign.

Ms. Angelita M. Pasos, Nutrition Officer III of NNC-Region III shared the national and regional nutrition month activities and encouraged all participants to join both the national and regional events. Activities include photo contest and tiktok challenge, read and win contest, Home Online Nutrition Exchange, NM Conference, national and regional NM culminating events, webinar on ending hunger and malnutrition in Central Luzon that will showcase the nutrition champions, interventions and good practices of the local government units in the region.

The First 1,000 days jingle was played prior to the photo opportunity and closing message of NPC Rosaldo.

NPC Rosaldo expressed her heartfelt thanks to the CLRNC members and to those who joined the 2021 Nutrition Month launch and presser. She hoped that the event compelled each one to act to move the nutrition agenda forward.

In closing, she reiterated the call to action for this year's nutrition month "By working together, we can end all forms of malnutrition. Let us scale up critical action in the First 1000 days of life".

 

By

Ana Maria Barroga Rosaldo
Regional Nutrition Program Coordinator