The online workshop aims to (1) increase the recognition of the alarming malnutrition problem in the country its impact on children, women, families, communities, and the nation, the imperative to invest in nutrition, and the critical role of LGUs in curbing the malnutrition problem, following the pandemic situation and in achieving the outcomes of PPAN; (2) formulate the 2021 and 2022 AIP with strong budgetary items on nutrition focused on the first 1000 days to reduce and prevent stunting and safeguard nutrition in the post-pandemic period; and (3) define the set of actions required from the LGU team to ensure implementation and sustainability, along with timelines and relevant processes that needs to be influenced in order to ensure the implementation of the nutrition budget items planned for the 2021 and 2022 AIP.
Day 1 started with the presentation of the: [Session 0] Overview of the Workshop presented by NO IV Mr. Reggie Guillen of NNC NPPD; [Session 1] on Building Pandemic Resilient LGUs through Local Investments in Nutrition presented by Mr. Cecilio Adorna of Nutrition International/UNICEF; and [Session 2] the Guidance and Mechanics of the Workshop presented by NOII Leah Vina Vargas of NNC Caraga.
Day 2 was dedicated for the completion of the workbooks. RTPF and the technical staff of NNC Caraga provided one-on-one virtual technical assistance to the participants most especially in accomplishing the various project templates in the AIP costing workbooks. Participants were grouped according to their respective breakout rooms where they can privately collaborate with their key personalities in their LGUs to effectively plan for their 2021 nutrition PPAs.
Day 3 focused on the presentation of the accomplished AIP costing workbooks as well as the Re-entry Plan wherein participants share to the plenary their PPAs and their budgetary allocation for each of the programs and projects.
At the closing of the workshop, Ms. Lourdes Louella A. Escandor, the City Administrator of Tandag City, representing Tandag City Mayor Roxanne C. Pimentel, gave her inspirational message, thanking first of all the health and nutrition workers who continuously serve amidst the pandemic. She also shared the commitment of Tandag City to continue to champion for nutrition as they aim for a zero-malnutrition city.
NNC Caraga, spearheaded by OIC-NPC Retsebeth M. Laquihon, and the National and Regional Team of Planning Facilitators sincerely thank the participating LGUs for the success of the online workshop.