joint NRTWG, P/CNAOs and D/CNPCs second quarter meeting,
held on June 11, 2019 at the COA Training Center, Palo,
Leyte. The body reiterated the call for LGUs representatives
to submit to NNC-8 the approved year 2019 Annual Investment
Plan (AIP) from their respective LGUs.
LGUs urged to
submit approved Annual Investment Plan with nutrition allocations
JACK C. GADAINGAN
July 18, 2019
TACLOBAN CITY –
Department of Health Region VIII (DoH-8) Regional Nutrition Program
Manager Felecita R. Borata called on the lead-nutrition workers
representing local government units (LGUs) to submit to the National
Nutrition Council Region 8 (NNC-8) the approved year 2019 Annual
Investment Plan (AIP) from their respective LGUs.
This came about after Niño
Archie S. Labordo, NNC-8 Nutrition Officer III, presented the status
of 2019 AIP submissions from Philippine Plan of Action for Nutrition
(PPAN) focus areas. Reportedly the LGUs that have submitted their
approved 2019 AIPs are: the towns of Caibiran, Biliran, Villareal,
Tarangnan, Sta. Rita and Daram, and the Province of Northern Samar.
No submissions yet were
received from the provincial LGU of Biliran and its six remaining
municipalities; the provincial LGU of Samar including its two cities
and 20 municipalities; 22 municipalities of Northern Samar; and the
provincial LGU of Eastern Samar, its capital city and 22
This was gathered during
the Joint Nutrition Regional Technical Working Group (RTWG),
Province/City Nutrition Action Officers (P/CNAOs) and District/City
Nutrition Program Coordinators (D/CNPCs) first quarter meeting held
on March 1, 2019 at Alejandro Hotel, here.
The same call was
reiterated during the same RTWG, P/CNAOs, and D/CNPCs joint second
quarter meeting held on June 11, 2019 at the COA Training Center,
The four provinces
considered as focus-areas for the implementation of PPAN 2017-2022
in Region 8 are: Eastern Samar, its component 22 municipalities and
one city; Northern Samar and component 24 municipalities; Samar and
component 24 municipalities and two cities; and the island-province
of Biliran and eight component municipalities.
The integration of Local
Nutrition Action Plans (LNAPs) into the Local Development Plans and
AIPs of LGUs ensued when Department of Interior and Local Government
(DILG) Secretary Eduardo M. Año, issued Memorandum Circular 2018-42
dated 26 March 2018 sustaining: the Adoption and Implementation of
the Philippine Plan of Action for Nutrition 2017-2022, stipulating
the guidelines on the roles and responsibilities of DILG field
offices and LGUs in the implementation of the PPAN.
The memo-circular enjoins
LGUs to formulate their local nutrition action plans (LNAPs) – based
on PPAN 2017-2022 programs applicable to their respective
localities, and to include them in their Local Development Plans and
AIPs, to ensure adequate funding for nutritional impact.
As this developed, it was
clarified that the nutrition status of a local government unit (LGU)
will be an additional dimension in the conferment of the “Seal of
Good Local Governance (SGLG),” thereby accordingly prioritizing
nutrition outlay in LGUs’ AIPs starting Fiscal Year (FY) 2019, might
in fact be a healthy investment for localities.