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The Department of Science and Technology - Food and Nutrition Research Institute (DOSTFNRI) starts the three-year field data collection of the Expanded National Nutrition Survey (ENNS) in 2018. The change in survey data collection from six months in every five years to three years data collection in every five years was in response to the requests from different stakeholders, particularly the local government units (LGUs) to have local survey results that can be used for local level program planning.

The shift was also in accordance with the quadruple increase from four to 16 replicates of the master sample (MS) of the Philippine Statistical Authority (PSA).For 2017, the Nutritional Assessment and Monitoring Division (NAMD), the technical division of DOST-FNRI in-charge of survey implementation beefed-up a number of pre-survey activities in 2017. This included a technical consultations with stakeholders and partner agencies, questionnaire review, and writeshops to finalize survey protocols, questionnaires, electronic data collection system (eDCS) training modules, and manual of instructions of the different survey components.

In the last quarter of 2017, training of ENNS methodologies for trainers, presurvey coordinators, team leaders and researchers were implemented. The Training of Trainers and Pre-Survey Coordinators was attended by NNS Component Leaders and staff. They will be trainers and assistants in the training of researchers and pre-survey coordination for the 2018 survey areas. Training of team leaders, on the other hand, was attended by selected applicants who will be hired as field team leaders.

A total of five (5) batches of training of researchers were done simultaneously in selected sites for one month. This is to cater to potential field researchers from different regions of the country. The training sites were at FNRI Taguig City for applicants from Metro Manila and neighboring provinces in Luzon, La Trinidad Benguet Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) for applicants from the northern provinces, lloilo City (Region VI) for applicants from the Visayas, Zamboanga City (Region IX) and Davao City (Region XI) for applicants fromMindanao. A total of 260 trainees successfully finished the one-month training from which the five (5) batches of training of researchers for the ENNS data collection.

Along with the conduct of trainings, pre-survey coordination with LGUs of 40 targeted provinces and highly urbanized cities (HUCs) covering major islands of Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao for the 2018 data collection was also done. These pre-survey conferences were primarily done to inform officials of the provinces, municipalities and barangays about the 2018 data collection, the tentative schedule and the needed support and logistic requirements of the survey team.

The data collection for the 40 provinces and HUCs is expected to end in December 2018. Another round of pre-survey coordination will bedone in the 4th quarter of 2018 for the 2019 survey areas and data collection for 40 and 37 provinces and cities, respectively. This will be implemented in 2019 and 2020 to complete the entire country’s 81 provinces, 33 HUCs and 3 other cities.

With all the preparation and support from different sectors, the DOSTFNRI is hopeful that the ENNS data collection from 2018 to 2020 will be smooth sailing and successful. It is expected that the ENNS will provide more comprehensive survey results to provide the information needs of different stakeholders and to give a more in-depth analysis of the ever changing health and nutrition landscape of the Filipinos.

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