News from Nutritionist-Dietitians’ Association of the Philippines
  • Tribute to NDAP Presidents
    The recognition and respect that the Nutritionist-Dietitians’ Association of the Philippines (NDAP) enjoys in the health and wellness community has been greatly shaped by its leaders through the 60 years of its existence!  At the forefront of the organization is the President who has to exercise leadership and management functions in order for the organization and its members to grow and develop. There have been a total of 23 elected presidents whose term of office ranged from one year to 7 years because of re-election and/or return to office in a different time. 
    On the occasion of NDAP’s diamond anniversary, the NDAP Presidents were given a tribute during the Gala Night held on February 17, 2015. Of the 17 living Presidents, nine attended the event and two came all the way from the United States. The honorees were given charcoal sketched framed portraits which  contained a caption of their most significant accomplishments as NDAP President.

    The NDAP Presidents given tribute during the Diamond Celebration (L-R): Ms. Nieves C. Serra, Dr. Corazon VC. Barba, Dr. Grace P. Perdigon, Mrs. Ma. Patrocinio E. De Guzman, Dr. Adela Jamorabo-Ruiz, Mrs. Lelita C. Luciano, Mrs. Esperanza E. De Castro and Mrs. Esther T. Feliciano.
    Past and Present Leaders 2015
    To honor outstanding leaders in the profession, NDAP established the “Past and Present Leaders in Nutrition and Dietetics” award in time for its 30th anniversary with 33 leaders in 1985. Since then, the NDAP Leaders Award is given every ten years to 10 Nutritionist-Dietitians with extraordinary leadership and imbued with moral values.
    For 2015, an independent committee of 5 leader-awardees conducted the search based on stringent criteria which include accomplishments that overcame significant obstacles and challenges; significant contributions to the promotion and/or advancement of nutrition and dietetics in his/her area of work in particular, and the country in general; participation in and contribution to the activities of professional organizations and public/community-oriented services; and demonstration of leadership skills and professional competence, mentoring of colleagues and sharing of expertise and experiences through networking/linkages and commitment to promote the image of Nutrition and Dietetics.
    NDAP takes pride in the selected ten awardees which included academicians, scientists, an owner of a large food enterprise, food service manager, public health nutrition program managers, health advocates and a free-lance health and wellness consultant. The 2015 honorees joined the roster of 53 Past and Present Leaders in Nutrition and Dietetics awarded in 1985, 1995 and 2005.

    The 2015 NDAP Leaders in Nutrition and Dietetics awardees with trophies pose for posterity (L-R): Mrs. Corazon Dayro-Ong, Mrs. Melba T. Veracruz, Mrs. Gloria A. Remigio for Ms. Dinah Remigio-Barr, Dr. Ma. Veritas F. Luna, Mrs. Ma. Paz L. Sales, Dr. Maria Regina A. Pedro, Dr. Adela Jamorabo-Ruiz, Ms. Josephine L. Guiao, Dr. Zenaida V. Narciso for Dr. Imelda A. Agdeppa, and Ms. Maria Theresa M. Talavera
    NDAP Honorary Membership to 5 International Experts
    Honorary Membership is conferred to honor persons for a lifetime of commitment and significant contributions in the uplift or advancement of Nutrition and Dietetics as a profession and as a discipline. Since its founding in 1955 up to its golden anniversary in 2005, eighteen (18) distinguished individuals were conferred this honor. On the 60th anniversary, five outstanding individuals joined this eminent list.  Plaques of Honorary Membership were presented to Ms. Sonja Connor, Dr. Ethan Bergman, Ms. Jessie Pavlinac, (all past presidents of the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics, USA), Dr. Beatriz Dykes and Dr. Chwang Leh-chii, President of the Asian Federation of Dietetic Associations.

    The 2015 NDAP honorary members: Dr. Ethan Bergman, Dr. Beatriz Dykes, Dr. Chwang Leh-chii, Ms. Jessie Pavlinac and Ms. Sonja Connor with NDAP President Dr. Adela Jamorabo-Ruiz during the NDAP Gala Night and Awarding Ceremonies held at the Manila Hotel on February 17, 2015
    Essentials of Fitness and Fun Run for the ND Bill
    To add luster and relevance to NDAP diamond year celebration, an interactive seminar on the Essentials of Fitness was held in January 2015 at UP-Diliman where exercise activities preceded the lecture-discussion of experts. “Takbo Para sa ND Bill” was held on February 15, 2015 at the Veterans Memorial Medical Center grounds where 300 RNDs and students participated in the Fun Run and Zumba to drumbeat support for the Nutrition and Dietetics bills pending in Congress. NDAP has been establishing and maintaining linkages with persons and organizations including colleges and universities producing and creating demand for future RNDs who provide expertise in nutrition, health and wellness to help upgrade ND practice. 
    Updated Nutrition and Dietetics Curriculum
    The government issues a national curriculum that a technical committee prepares after consultation with various stakeholders.  NDAP sponsored a Sectoral Consultative Meeting for the BSND Curriculum and Specialty/Practice Groups in August 2015 to support internationalization of practice to meet the challenges of the Asian Economic Integration and global standards. Thirty (30) expert practitioners in the different ND areas and RND practicum trainers were tapped to validate the proposed curriculum by the Technical Committee on Nutrition and Dietetics. The draft policies, standards and guidelines (PSG) has been aligned to K to 12 and outcomes-based education-compliant.  It is awaiting a public consultation before year-end to enable the issuance of a circular by the Commission on Higher Education in 2016.
    Good Governance
    With a new Board which will serve for 2015-2016, NDAP had an operational review and continued its platform of good governance. A 3-day planning and bonding session of the officers, board of directors and regional vice presidents was held in Puerto Princesa City, Palawan, Philippines to firm up the projects and calendar of activities for July 2015 until February 2017. The reaccreditation of Chapters all over the country is continuing. Only those that abide by the NDAP Policies and Guidelines are retained as Chapters.  NDAP has provided support to conferences in the regions and provinces by providing speakers and experts for their projects and activities.
    Prof. Dr. Adela Jamorabo-Ruiz, RND
    Nutritionist-Dietitians’ Association of the Philippines