On 7 July 2021, in celebration of the 2021 Nutrition Month with the theme “Malnutrition patuloy na labanan, First 1000 days tutukan”, the National Nutrition Council Region III held a “meet and greet” activity with Regional Director (RD) William L. Beltran of the Philippine Information Agency-Region III and member of the Central Luzon Regional Nutrition Committee (CL RNC).
Ms. Ana Maria B. Rosaldo, Regional Nutrition Program Coordinator of NNC-Region III together with Nutrition Officer III Angelita M. Pasos, Nutrition Officer II Rose Anne M. Cuyco and Administrative Aide VI Isaiah Justin C. Batac, handed over to RD Beltran a copy of the Coffee Table Book (CTB) of One Thousand Days One Lifetime - Nourishing the country's future through Republic Act No. 11148 of the "Kalusugan at Nutrisyon ng Mag-Nanay Act" as a meaningful way to promote the First 1,000 Days program.
RD Beltran is a staunch supporter of nutrition by ensuring that updates and information on nutrition and nutrition-related programs in Central Luzon are disseminated as widely as possible to the general public. PIA led the development of a communication plan on addressing malnutrition along with the promotion of 2012 Nutritional Guidelines for Filipinos or 10 Kumainments, Healthy Food Plate or Pinggang Pinoy, among others. RD Beltran also pushed for the approval of majority of the CL RNC resolutions presented by the NNC Secretariat during the RNC meetings.
Copies of the CTB were given to CL RNC-member agencies to serve as inspiration and to stir support to implement F1K days programs geared toward achieving the targets of the Philippine Plan of Action for Nutrition, Philippine Development Plan, Philippine Health Agenda and the country’s commitment to Sustainable Development Goals.
The One Thousand Days One Lifetime CTB was developed by the Legislators Committee on Population and Development Foundation, Inc., through the collaborative efforts of the UNICEF Philippines and Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) to promote the importance of the First 1000 days of life that would impact on the social and economic development of the country.
By: Rose Anne M. Cuyco, Nutrition Officer II