The NEDA Region 3, together with the regional line agency members of the Regional Nutrition Council (RNC) 3 provided technical assistance during the 1st  and 2nd batches of Online Training on the Integration of Nutrition in Provincial Development and Physical Framework Plans (PDPFPs), Comprehensive Development Plans (CDPs) and Annual Investment Programs (AIPs).  It was conducted by the National Nutrition Council (NNC) Region 3 on August 17-19 and August 25-27, 2020 via Zoom platform.

The said training is the first training/workshop facilitated by NNC 3 which utilizes both online and face-to-face platforms based on availability of internet connection and mobility of local government units (LGUs) in Central Luzon, with Nueva Ecija as pilot province. The LGUs of Nueva Ecija were grouped in six batches of training activities (with four to seven municipalities per group) which runs from August to September 2020.

The training aims to assist LGUs in scaling-up nutrition actions with corresponding budgets in their 2021 AIP in line with priorities stated in their PDPFP, CDP, and LDIP, and concerns due to (and effects of) the COVID-19 pandemic.

NEDA 3 particularly assisted municipalities of General Tiño and Sta. Rosa, Nueva Ecija in the preparation of their 2021 Nutrition AIP using the AIP Costing Workbook for Nutrition prepared by the NNC 3.

Moreover, part of the training was an orientation on “Building Pandemic Resilient LGUs through Local Investments in Nutrition” presented by Mr. Cecilio L. Adorna, NNC/NI/UNECEF Consultant. He stressed the importance of ensuring nutrition integration in programs and projects of development plans to address barriers to pandemic resilience such as wasting, obesity, stunting, micronutrient deficiencies (hidden hunger), chronic energy deficiency, and food insecurity. He also presented the importance of the four (4) major nutrition PPAs for LGUs to invest in 2021 namely: i) Frist 1000 Days program; ii) Philippine Integrated Management of Acute Malnutrition (PIMAM), iii) Nutrition Sensitive Programs (Food Production, Livelihood, and Employment Generation Program) and iv) Other enabling programs. (Naomi J. Estabillo, Sr EDS, PFPD)