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Access to healthy diet needs stakeholders' participation- NNC

ILOILO CITY (PIA) - - The participation of stakeholders at every level is essential in paving the way towards improved access to affordable healthy diet and food security in the country.

This was emphasized by Assistant Secretary Azucena Dayanghirang, Executive Director of National Nutrition Council (NNC), during the regional launch of the 2023 Nutrition Month in Western Visayas hosted by the province of Guimaras, July 6.

“It is through collective action and collaboration that we can pave the way for enabling access to affordable healthy diets,” said Dayanghirang during the program held at the provincial covered gym in Jordan town.

She further stressed the importance of the united effort and commitment of all in the promotion of nutrition security.

“Governments, civil society organizations, business, academe, healthcare providers, and individuals must all join forces, recognizing the critical role they play in 

promoting nutrition security,” said Dayanghirang as she also rallied them to support the Philippine Plan of Action for Nutrition (PPAN) 2023-2028, a comprehensive framework that provides the roadmap for the country’s nutrition security.

The PPAN outlines the strategies, intervention, and policies that will guide actions to improve the well-being of Filipinos.

“Let us all lend our unwavering support to this plan, for it is through unity and commitment that we will achieve lasting change. I urge all local nutrition committees in the region to formulate your respective nutrition local nutrition action plans along with these strategic thrusts and interventions reflected in the PPAN 2023-2028,” said Dayanghirang.

The COVID 19 pandemic, according to the NNC chief, aggravated the varying degrees of food insecurity experienced by the Filipinos over the past years.

The 2021 Expanded National Nutrition Survey showed that a significant percentage of households have faced food insecurity, with many unable to access healthy and nutritious food.

Some 5.3 million of citizens have faced severe food insecurity while an additional 48 million have faced moderate or severe food insecurity as indicated by reports.

“The statistics are alarming, and they demand immediate intervention,” added Dayanghirang.

She said this year’s celebration’s theme “Healthy Diet gawing affordable for all”, is a call to make healthy food more accessible to everyone. This means providing nutritious foods, reforming the food sector to make health choices more affordable, and educating consumers about the importance of nutrition.

Aside from the program, a Vegetable and Fruits Expo and Cooking demonstration were held as part of the launching activities attended by local officials led by

Governor JC Rahman Nava, members of the Regional Nutrition Technical Committee, Provincial and Municipal Nutrition Action Officers and Nutrition Program Coordinators, Barangay Nutrition Scholars, and other nutrition stakeholders in the province.

On his part, Nava assured the provincial government’s commitment to do its share to guarantee that a healthy diet is affordable for Guimarasnons. (AAL/LAF/PIA6-Iloilo)

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