CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (PIA) – The National Nutrition Council region 10 (NNC10) cited the vital role of local government units (LGUs) in improving nutritional status of children and implementation of the Philippine Plan of Action for Nutrition (PPAN) at the local level.
Nutrition program coordinator, Gladys Mae Fernandez during Talakayan sa PIA, culmination program of nutrition month, shared how LGUs and the support of local chief executives make a big impact in scaling up nutrition by formulating and funding nutrition programs in line with PPAN.
Based on the 2021 Operation Timbang (OPT) Plus, there is a decreasing trend of malnutrition among preschool children in Northern Mindanao from 2018 for all indicators.
For underweight, there has been a continuous decrease from 4.0% in 2018 to 2.9% in 2021. The prevalence of stunting and wasting in the same age group increased in 2019, but a decreasing trend was noted in 2020 to 2021.
For the overweight, the trend has fluctuated in the past four years, but still, it decreased to 1.6% (2021) from 2.0% (2018).
Despite the downtrend, among five provinces in the region, she said, the highest prevalence of underweight and stunting is in Lanao del Norte, meanwhile, the highest prevalence in wasting is in Camiguin.
“Dako kaayo ang role of the LGUs and especially sa pag implement sa atong Philippine Plan of Action for Nutrition (PPAN) program kei sailaha nakasalalay ang pag formulate and plan for nutrition programs,” she said.
(The LGUs have a big role especially in implementation of Philippine Plan of Action for Nutrition (PPAN) program because the formulation and implementation of nutrition programs depend on them)
The theme for this year’s nutrition month “New Normal na Nutrisyon, Sama-samang Gawan ng Solusyon” calls for strengthened nutrition interventions and solidarity towards nutrition improvement as the country shifts towards living with the COVID 19 virus. (JMORucat/PIA10)