QUEZON CITY, Nov. 23 (PIA) -- The National Nutrition Council (NNC) launched on Monday, November 23, their dietary supplementarion program, dubbed "Tutok Kainan" which aims to help in the prevention of stunting among children ages 0-23 months old by improving the quality and quantity of food and nutrient intake of nutritionally at risk pregnant women and children 6-23 months old.
NNC Executive Director Azucena M. Dayanghirang in her opening remarks during the virtual launch said that it has been proven that stunting can be prevented in the first two years of life when proper nutrition is received by pregnant women, the baby has been breastfed, and he/she received proper complementary feeding, along with other nutrition intervention, specially on food security, psychosocial stimulation, or early learning. She hopes LGUs would see Tutok Kainan as a chance of seeing the next generation of smart, tall, and productive Filipinos.
Cabinet Secretary Karlo Alexei B. Nograles, in his inspirational message, said that President Rodrigo Duterte, in his speech during the United Nations General Assembly, assured everyone that despite the pandemic, the Philippines remains committed to the sustainable development goals, and SDG 2 is included here which is to achieve zero hunger rate by 2030.
According to Secretary Nograles, even before the Covid-19 pandemic happened, President Duterte, through EO 101, formed the Task Force Zero Hunger, where NNC is an active member. The Task Force divided the hunger problems into six (6) pillars representing six (6) Key Result Areas where a TWG is focused on, these are: (1) to look at the country's policy environment; (2) to look at food production and see if the country is producing enough food; (3) to end all forms of malnutrition; (4) accessibility of food; (5) sustainability; and (6) people participation.
"This Tutok Kainan is a testament, an execution of our National Food Policy. Task Force Zero Hunger needed to come up with a policy that spells out clearly what to do to accomplish zero-hunger by 2030. I'm happy that NNC is very cooperative and very active in crafting the National Food Policy which was launched last October 16. Inside the Food Policy, we saw that there is a gap which is the feeding program that caters to the first 1,000 days of life. This Tutok Kainan is our answer to the call of the First 1,000 Days Law," Sec. Nograles added.
NNC Nutritrion Policy and Planning Division OIC Hygeia Ceres Catalina B. Gawe who presented the specifics of Tutok Kainan Program said that according to a study, Filipinos are the second shortest in the ASEAN Region, the Philippines is 9th in the global stunting burden and 10th on global burden of wasting.
The Tutok Kainan aimed to prevent stunting and wasting will be implemented in 12 provinces and 182 cities and municipalities. The NNC already determined the level of supplementation, food commodity scheme, duration and timing of feeding, support activities, social preparation, and guidelines for LGU mobilization for the program. The NNC will also give out IEC materials to pregnant women and mothers of children 6-23 months old.
Cadiz City, Negros Occidental Nutrition Action Officer Cristina Wong shared that their feeding program under the Early Childhood Care and Development Intervention Program program yielded positive results. After providing proper nutrition to the pregnant mothers, the babies came out healthy and strong. Various nutrition officers from key target areas of Tutok Kainan expressed their acceptance and support to the program.
Execuvite Director Dayanghirang during the event also presented a call to action for TUTOK : T- tap all relevant partners from government, LGUs, academe, CSA, business, UN and development partners to support programs for pregnant women and children 6-23 months;U-upgrade our way of doing business through innovative solutions; T-trigger additional investments in the LGU investment and development plan; O-organize the stakeholders involved in the supply-demand food chain for impact and sustainability; K-kakayanin basta sama-sama! (ARB/PIA-CPSD)