CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (PIA)–The National Nutrition Council (NNC)-10 presented during its 2nd joint semester meeting with the regional nutrition committee, October 19, a proposed resolution to strengthen the Local Government Unit (LGU) Nutrition Program through creation of its nutrition offices.
Gladys Mae Fernandez, regional nutrition coordinator of NNC-10, shared that only 20-50% of LGUs have separate nutrition offices and full time staff. Meanwhile, nutrition programs cannot be implemented because of lack of funds and personnel services (PS).
The proposal recommends that there must be staffing for provincial, city and municipal nutrition offices including position titles, organizational structure and salary grades. Meanwhile there must be concrete roles and functions of nutrition offices, staff, barangay nutrition scholars and legal bases on financing and budgetary estimates for PS cost of nutrition offices.
The proposed resolution also required LGUs to include its minimum nutrition service package and integrate it in local development plans and create offices with adequate nutrition personnel.
NNC-10 also continues its coordination and provision of technical support to the LGUs.
They held various online workshops such as The Integrating Nutrition in the 2022 Annual Investment Program for Region 10 Areas where local government units in Bukidnon, Lanao del Norte and Camiguin participated via zoom.
The activity aimed to recognize the alarming malnutrition problem in the country, the need to invest in nutrition and the critical role of LGUs in curbing malnutrition problems following COVID 19 pandemic.
As a way forward, there must be investment in nutrition.
NNC-10 cited that nutrition is an important investment and intervention area in the current and post pandemic situation. Further, there is a need to provide technical assistance to secure nutrition in the 2022 LGU budgets. (JMOR/PIA-10)