COTABATO CITY – With continued support in the plan, initiatives, and implementation for the health and nutrition of the Bangsamoro people, the Ministry of Science and Technology – Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (MOST-BARMM) supported and participated in the launching of the Regional Plan of Action for Nutrition (RPAN) 2020-2022 last Friday, February 26, 2021. The said ceremony/activity ceremony was held at Shariff Kabunsuan Cultural Complex (SKCC), Bangsamoro Government Center.

With the theme “Sa RPAN, Maging Malusog, Matalino, at Matangkad ang Batang Moro!” the ceremony emphasized the need to address the alarming nutritional problem in the Bangsamoro region.

Minister Aida Silongan supported the said event with a commit message.

“We are at crossroads needing to do as much work as we can. One of the things that require much of our attention is the health, nutrition, and overall well-being of our people. Such a noble yet gargantuan task has been at the forefront of our battle for the improved quality of life among our less privileged constituents. And at present, we continue to focus on that aspect of the people’s socio-economic condition that is self-sustaining and self-reliant. Indeed, I believe that with concerted efforts and unified actions, we can triumph over the hurdles of our time and succeed in our cherished dream of emancipating our people from the dirt of poverty and malnutrition to the light and alluring effect of healthy living inside and out. With that, I declare my full spport to this Regional Plan of Action for nutrition (RPAN 2020-2022)”. She said.

As a Technical Working Group (TWG) member, MOST worked hand in hand with other stakeholders to lift nutrition-deficient lives in the Bangsamoro region.

RPAN 2020-2022 is a strategic plan of the Bangsamoro Government to the region’s nutritional problems.

The new projects, nutrition tools, and collaborations coupled with strong commitment will help achieve our vision of a healthy and secure food region.

The BARMM Regional Plan of Action for Nutrition 2020-2021 is the regional government’s response to the region’s alarming nutritional problem. The 2015 National Nutrition Survey recorded a high prevalence of stunting among children below five at 45.2% or around 236,000 children, which is among the world’s highest stunting rates. The prevalence of wasting in BARMM is also high, reaching 8.2% and 6.3% for children below five and children age 5 to 10, respectively.