Posted on: Wednesday September 11, 2019


CamSur LGUs integrate nutrition goals in their local plans and budgets
As the largest province in Region V, Camarines Sur has been identified as one of the priority provinces for the implementation of the Philippine Plan of Action for Nutrition (PPAN) 2017-2022, the country’s policy framework for intervention on nutrition.

To answer issues of poverty, teenage pregnancy, and other nutrition-related concerns and to lessen the cases of stunting or impaired growth in the province, the National Nutrition Council (NNC), under the Department of Health (DOH) Regional Office V, hosted a 3-day workshop for the Local Government Units (LGUs) in CamSur. The workshop aims to ensure that PPAN programs are integrated into the Provincial Development and Physical Framework Plan (PDPFP), Comprehensive Development Plan (CDP), and Local Development Investment Plan (LDIP).

Participating LGUs, represented by nutrition action officers, planning and development officers, health officers, and budget officers, were encouraged to integrate nutrition programs and projects into their local plans and allocate funds for PPAN-based programs. Generally, the workshop served as a capacity building program on nutrition program management.

In creating PPAN-based programs, the development challenges and situation on nutrition should be addressed. The first thing to do is to identify existing projects of LGUs that can be included in the plan. LGUs should then define the composition of projects and activities, including the target coverage, responsible agencies, and length of time to achieve the desired outcomes. Afterward, LGUs should examine the coherence in the nutrition project design and relate the projects to the programs of national government agencies, so they can receive more support in securing the budgetary resources for their projects.

 

“After reviewing their documents, we found out that there are only limited programs anchored on nutrition. Thus, we have to make sure that it is funded and integrated into all of their plans,” said Arlene Reario, Regional Nutrition Program Coordinator of NNC. Reario also said that she is expecting all the involved LGUs to develop a 3-year local nutrition action plan (LNAP) for years 2020 to 2022, which will serve as their advocacy and resource mobilization material. The LNAPs is mandated by the DILG Memorandum Circular 2018-42.

Nutrition programs and other interventions of the LGUs shall compliment with the First 1,000 Days Program to effectively reduce or eliminate the prevalence of stunting and to improve the nutritional status in Camarines Sur.

Written By: Annalyn Gallego

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