Cotabato City (January 12, 2018) – The Department of Health of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), in partnership with the National Nutrition Council, conducted a regional dissemination of the Philippine Plan of Action for Nutrition (PPAN) 2017-2022 on Thursday, January 11 in this city.
During the program, ARMM Governor Mujiv Hataman led the symbolic turnover of PPAN 2017-2022 documents to various stakeholders. The five-year Philippine nutrition plan is an integral part of the Philippine Development Plan covering 2017 to 2022.
It is consistent with the Duterte administration’s 10-point Economic Agenda, Philippine Health Agenda, the development pillars of ‘malasakit’, ‘pagbabago’, and ‘kaunlaran’, and the Ambisyon2040 program.
It aims at improving the situation of nutrition in the country as contribution to the achievements of AmBisyon 2040 that seeks to improve the quality of the country’s human resource base, reducing inequality in human development outcomes, and reducing child and maternal mortality.
The nutrition plan consists 12 programs: eight are nutrition specific, one is nutrition sensitive, and the remaining three enabling support programs.
“We would like to improve our health services,” ARMM Health Secretary Dr. Kadil Sinolinding, Jr. said as he presented the region’s state of nutrition. “Our health services will only improve with your participation. Pag hindi po kayo nakialam at hindi nakipagtulungan, kaunti lang po ang ating magagawa,” he added.
The program was attended by members of the National Nutrition Council and Regional Nutrition Council as well as representatives of provincial health offices and local government units of the ARMM’s five provinces, namely Maguindanao, Lanao del Sur, Basilan, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi.
“Naniniwala po ako sa kakayahan ng ating mga LGUs at line agencies. With the guidance of Governor Hataman, malayo pa po ang ating mararating,” Dr. Sinolinding said. Representatives from non governmental organizations such as the World Food Programme and the United Nations Children’s Fund were also present during the program. (Bureau of Public Information)
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