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[REPORT LAUNCH] Undernutrition in the Philippines: Scale, Scope, and Opportunities for Nutrition Policy and Programming

June 15, 2021

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  • The report, Undernutrition in the Philippines, assesses the determinants and causes of childhood undernutrition and reviews current policies and programs directed at addressing this problem. Based on these analyses, the report provides recommendations of how national policies and programs can be strengthened to reduce the high rates of undernutrition in the country. It sets out to inform the debate on the causes and potential solutions of undernutrition while identifying high-priority policies and policy commitments for action.

    Let's talk about the causes and potential solutions of undernutrition in the Philippines. Join us for the launch of the World Bank report, "Undernutrition in the Philippines," on June 10, 9:30am. Tune in on Facebook Live @WorldBankPhilippines

  • TimeProgram

    9:30 – 9:35 am 

    Opening Remarks 

    Ndiamé Diop, Country Director for Brunei, Malaysia, Philippines, and Thailand, World Bank  


    9:35 – 9:45 am  


    Keynote Address 

    Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles, Chair, Task Force Zero Hunger 


    9:45 – 10:10 am 


    Highlights of the Report: Scale, Scope, Opportunities for Nutrition Policy and Programming

    Nkosinathi Vusizihlobo Mbuya, Senior Nutrition Specialist, World Bank 


    10:10 – 11:00 

    (50 minutes) 

    Panel Discussion


    Dr. Azucena Dayanghirang, Executive Director, National Nutrition Council  


    Dr. Beverly Lorraine C. Ho, Director, Health Promotion Bureau, Department of Health


    Mr. Ernesto Garilao, Chairman, Zuellig Family Foundation 


    Ms. Brenda Barton, World Food Programme Representative and Country Director  


    Ms. Alice Nkoroi, UNICEF Philippines Nutrition Manager



    Ronald Mutasa, Practice Leader for Human Development, World Bank   


    11:00 – 11:25 am 

    Open Forum


    11:25 – 11:30 am 

    Synthesis and Closing 
    Aparnaa Somanathan, Practice Manager for Health, Nutrition and Population, World Bank 

  • Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles

    Chair, Task Force Zero Hunger

    Ndiamé Diop

    Country Director for Brunei, Malaysia, Philippines, and Thailand

    World Bank

    Nkosinathi Vusizihlobo Mbuya

    Senior Nutrition Specialist

    World Bank

    Dr. Azucena Dayanghirang

    Executive Director

    National Nutrition Council

    Dr. Beverly Lorraine Ho

    Director, Health Promotion Bureau

    Department of Health

    Ernesto Garilao


    Zuellig Family Foundation

    Brenda Barton

    Representative and Country Director, Philippines

    World Food Programme

    Alice Nkoroi

    Country Programs Manager & Senior Nutrition Advisor