Hundreds of nutrition action officers (NAO) trooped to the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City for their second national conference. Riding on the theme "Now Na, NAOPA!", the two-day conference tackled a slew of nutrition polices and programs which includes the Philippine Plan of Action for Nutrition 2011-2016 and the Integrated Action for Hunger Alleviation and Improved Nutrition or HAIN program.
National Nutrition Council director and assistant secretary of Health Maria Bernardita Flores emphasized the need to highlight the urgency by which the whole nation should be addressing malnutrition and hunger. She lauded the passion of the NAOs in implementing the different nutrition policies to alleviate nutrition problems. In the same breath, she also enjoined all of the NAOs to continue this commitment.
Flores likewise encouraged the NAOs to "pick up, peek up and peak up," in their role as nutrition partners. For this reason, the event had several modules that allowed the NAOs to "pick up" new developments in nutrition policy and programming to aid them in their local nutrition actions. Other modules also allowed the NAOs to take a "peek" at the available tools and technological dimensions that may enhance their performance as nutrition action officers. Finally, Flores also prodded the NAOs to "peak" via self-development techniques and be true to their calling as catalysts and prime movers in local nutrition programs.
Other highlights of the conference included the recognition of the longest-serving NAOs who have served for 25 or more years.
Other government personalities that participated in the program were Rep. Luzviminda Ilagan of Gabriela Party List, Department of Health's Dr. Eric Tayag and Food and Nutrition Research Institute's Mario Capanzana.
The conference is also among the activities of the National Nutrition Council in July in celebration of Nutrition Month with the theme "Pagkain ng gulay ugaliin, araw-araw itong ihain!"