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The Department of Science and Technology - Food and Nutrition Research Institute conducted the Stakeholders’ Meeting for the Expanded National Nutrition Survey on June 16, 2017, 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM at Dusit Thani Manila, Makati City. The event was well-attended by stakeholders and FNRI partners from International and national agencies, Senate and House of Representatives, non-government organizations and private sector, academe and professional organizations.

The meeting explained to nutrition stakeholders the plans for the conduct of the Expanded National Nutrition Survey (eNNS) in 2018 to 2020. DOSTFNRI also consulted and discussed the adequacy or completeness of the data to be collected in the different survey components. The meeting became the venue and opportune time to forge partnerships with interested stakeholders who wish to support the unfunded components of the survey or to include other nutrition related components of the survey. DOST-FNRI Director Dr. Mario V. Capanzana welcomed the stakeholders. He presented the objectives of the meeting and the plans and different variables to be collected for the eNNS. With the change in the sampling methodology of the eNNS, Dr. Arturo Y. Pacificador Jr., FNRI Statistics Consultant, presented the proposed sampling methodology. This will enable the FNRI to conduct a rolling-type of survey every year for 2018 to 2020.

This will generate data at the provincial and highly urbanized cities (HUCs) levels using the new Master Sample of the Philippine Statistics Authority.

An open forum followed the presentations. Issues, clarifications, comments and suggestions were discussed and agreed upon. Pledges of commitment for funding support and technical assistance for the eNNS were made after the meeting. Dr. Imelda Angeles-Agdeppa, Assistant Scientist and OIC of the Nutrition Assessment and Monitoring Division, DOST-FNRI formally closed the event by giving the synthesis of the meeting and thanking the stakeholders for their support and cooperation in research undertakings of the Institute

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