Nutrition Month 2013 underscores need for concerted actions
to reduce hunger, malnutrition
By: Christie L. Alvarez
This year’s Nutrition Month celebration focuses on the theme "Gutom at malnutrisyon, sama-
The theme underscores the need for concerted multi-
The whole nation celebrates the month of July as the Nutrition Month pursuant to Section 7 of Presidential Decree 491, known as the Nutrition Act of the Philippines. It designates the month of July as Nutrition Month to create greater awareness among the public on the importance of nutrition.
The 2013 Nutrition Month celebration is a call to action to address hunger and for all government agencies concerned to harmonize program implementation and operations along hunger reduction, particularly in ensuring that Filipinos have access to adequate, nutritious and safe food.
It is also a call for local government units (LGUs) to improve delivery and access to social services which will enhance the consumption of food. Moreover, it is a call for local chief executives to localize nationally-
Nutrition Month 2013 is focused on hunger is part of the Philippines' commitment to the United Nation Millennium Development Goal 1 which is to eradicate extreme poverty and hunger, specifically to reduce by half the number of underweight-
NNC believes that while malnutrition prevalence is declining, it is at a slow pace with the prevalence of underweight-
To reach the goals on reducing hunger, more definitive actions on hunger reduction have to be done. The 39th celebration of Nutrition Month focuses and addresses the state, goals on, and causes of hunger in the Philippines. "Gutom at malnutrisyon, sama-