The 61st Annual Convention of NDAP was held on February 24-26, 2016 at the Royal Garden Hall Convention Center, Iloilo City. The convention focused on the third strategy pillar of NDAP – Integration. The theme “Integrating and Innovating Nutrition and Dietetics in Sustainable Development” aimed to take nutrition and dietetic practice to sustainable development goals (SDG). The program emphasized the contribution and role of nutritionist-dietitians in attaining the SDGs. Of the 17 SDGs, nutrition and dietetics have the most prominent roles in ending poverty (SDG 1), ending hunger and achieving food security (SDG 2), ensuring healthy lives (SDG 3), ensuring quality education and learning (SDG 4), achieving gender equality and empowerment (SDG 5), ensuring sustainable water and sanitation (SDG 6), ensuring sustainable consumption and production patterns (SDG 12), and revitalizing global partnerships (SDG 17).
This year’s convention was Chaired by Ms. Nenita Umali and co-hosted by the NDAP Iloilo Chapter which welcomed the opportunity to share and exchange information, experiences, lessons, ideas and expertise with fellow NDs from the different provinces in the country. The convention was attended by more than 700 participants.
As has been the tradition to improve camaraderie among RNDs, the fellowship dinner and cultural show was held on the first day, as also the soft launch of the ND Commemorative Book. The book includes the history, accomplishments of NDAP and the various chapters. Awards were presented to Dr. Mario Capanzana as 24th Honorary member; Ms. Josephine P. Jamon as the Nutritionist-Dietitian for 2015; Zamboanga Chapter as Hall of Fame Awardee; and Misamis Oriental Chapter for the Outstanding NDAP Chapter for 2015.
The Food and Nutrition Research Institute was invited to launch Pinggang Pinoy and i-FNRI. Pinggang Pinoy or the Filipino Plate is a tool to guide Filipinos in consuming the right amount of food in every meal while i-FNRI is an umbrella program that develops, integrates and harmonizes the different ICT projects of the Institute.
There were three sessions during the second day of the convention. The first and second sessions focused on innovations in clinical nutrition and food while the third one was on integrating nutrition concerns in agriculture. On the third day, a well-received consultative session on rationalizing the curricular revisions in higher education, revitalizing the BS Nutrition and Dietetics curriculum and the proposed practicum guidelines in hospital and dietetics were held. Subsequent technical sessions covered Nutrition and Sustainable Development Goals, A Healthy Plate for a Well-Nourished Nation, Kangaroo Mother Care, and Leadership and Good Governance topics.
The NDAP Board with Regional Vice Presidents and Chapter Presidents enjoy an evening bonding at the 61st Convention in Iloilo City.
Prof. Dr. Adela Jamorabo-Ruiz, RND
President, Nutritionist-Dietitians’ Association of the Philippines