NEDA joins the nation in observing the National Nutrition Month this month, July. The observation is based on Presidential Decree 491, or the Nutrition Act of the Philippines, signed on June 25, 1974.
The National Nutrition Council (NNC) is spearheading the nationwide celebration of Nutrition Month. This year’s theme is “Kalamidad Paghandaan: Gutom at Malnutrisyon Agapan.” The theme aims to underscore the necessity of hunger and malnutrition prevention among Filipinos to minimize the impact of calamities and disasters.
The NNC has outlined the following goals in relation to this year’s celebration: (a) promote interventions to address nutritional needs in emergencies and disasters including preparedness, response and recovery; (b) mobilize responders particularly the local nutrition clusters and stakeholders to address gaps in nutrition in emergencies response from national to barangay levels; and (c) increase awareness among families and individuals on coping and resiliency strategies to prevent malnutrition and worsening of nutritional status in times of emergencies and disasters.