The Philippines is the 51st country to join the SUN Movement!
On 5 March 2014, Dr. Enrique T. Ona, Secretary of Health and Chair of the National Nutrition Council, announced the intention of the Government of the Philippines to join the Movement for Scaling-Up Nutrition. The official letter highlighted the commitment of the National Nutrition Council to ending hunger and malnutrition in all its forms and ensuring that each Filipino enjoys his/her right to good food and good nutrition. This is especially important for young children. In 2013, UNICEF identified the Philippines as the 9th country in the world with the most number of stunted children*.
The National Nutrition Council is the highest policy making and coordinating body on nutrition in the Philippines and led the formation of the ‘Plan of Action for Nutrition’ (2011 – 2016). The council was established in 1978 as an integral component of the Philippine Development Plan. Since then, action for improved nutrition has evolved to include both direct nutrition interventions and indirect nutrition-sensitive approaches.