11th Food and Nutrition Plan focuses on Food Security

QUEZON CITY (PIA) –Around 2.7 million Filipino families experienced involuntary hunger due to lack of food, according to the 2023 2nd quarter survey of Social Weather Station on hunger. 

The 2022 National Expanded Survey of the Department of Science and Technology – Food and Nutrition Research Institute (DOST-FNRI) results, on the other hand, show that 2 out of 100 households, or 2%, have severe food insecurity, while 3 out of 10 households, or 33.4%, have moderate food insecurity

Committee on World Food Security of the United Nations defines food security as the state in which all people, at all times, have physical, social, and economic access to adequate, nutritious, and safe food that satisfies their nutritional needs and food choices for an active and healthy life.

National Nutrition Council (NNC) Assistant Secretary and Executive Director IV Azucena M. Dayanghirang explained during the national launch of the Philippine Plan of Action for Nutrition (PPAN) 2023-2028 at The Manila Hotel on September 4, 2023, that these food-insecure households either sacrifice food quality and variety, reduce food quantity, skip meals, or consume no food for a day or more. 

In his message, DOST Secretary Renato U. Solidum, Jr. underscored the importance of national nutrition plan implementation since its first implementaion in 1974. 

“Our country has successfully reduced underweight children and micronutrient deficiencies after almost five decades of being guided by these national plans to improve the food and nutrition situation of the Philippines. However, the country still faces challenges, such as the slow reduction of child stunting and the increasing prevalence of overweight and obesity,” Solidum said.

Targeting the problems of food security, undernutrition, overnutrition, micronutrient deficiency, and poor infant and young child feeding practices, the PPAN 2023-2028 seeks to reduce all forms of malnutrition in all stages of life of Filipinos.

It aims to improve the lives of Filipinos by:

1. Consuming adequate, age-appropriate, nutritious, diverse, affordable, safe and sustainable food.
2. Adopting practices and behavior that promote nutrition.
3. Benefiting from ideal nutrition and related services that are well-coordinated, inclusive, and integrated.
4. Being able to exercise their right to adequate food and nourishment resulted from good governance and a supportive policy environment.

“PPAN is not merely strategies and policies on paper. It embodies the hope and aspirations of our nation. The aspirations for better health, improved nutrition, and a society where no one is left behind,” Solidum said.

How much do the Philippines need to reduce all forms of Malnutrition by 2028?

According to NNC Asec. Dayanghirang, a total of Php 592.7 billion was allocated based on the output of the investment planning exercise conducted last August 2022 for the PPAN 2023-2028 implementation.

“This total budget is through the initial commitment of the 60 national government agencies, Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Network members, and other development partners who see the importance of investing in nutrition,” Dayangharing said.

“Let us join forces to ensure nutrisyong sapat para sa lahat becomes a reality for a healthier and well-nourished Philippines,”Dayanghirang enjoins the event’s participants and the public as well.

For his part, Department of Health (DOH) Secretary Teodoro J. Herbosa said the challenge lies in the stakeholders to act on their role to ensure the implementation of the PPAN is funded, monitored, and evaluated. 

In his keynote address, Herbosa called for public and private sector’s  support. 

“I implore other government agencies and the private sector to make their sectoral programs more nutrition-sensitive and prioritize the vulnerable groups of the populace. You each have a role in bringing about nutrition improvement whether in agriculture, health, trade, budget, finance, labor, or social welfare,” Herbosa said.(pia-ncr)

In other News
Skip to content