Event Details

Over the years, agri-food systems have played a central role in the discussion on sustainable development particularly due to the adverse impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and climate change that have exacerbated the challenges in achieving food security. Access to healthy diets also remains to be an issue as malnutrition continues to manifest in all its forms, with an estimated 149 million children under the age of five being stunted and over 45 million suffering from wasting, as reported by the World Health Organisation.

Today, more than two years into the pandemic, the road to achieving the goal of ending hunger and malnutrition in all its forms remains to be challenging as global food prices continue to soar. This further limits food consumption, both in terms of quantity and quality, of most consumers especially those belonging to lower income households.

In the local context, malnutrition poses a serious threat with the country ranking fifth among countries in the East Asia and Pacific region with the highest prevalence of stunting and among the 10 countries globally with the highest number of stunted children. Data from the latest survey conducted by the Department of Science and Technology - Food and Nutrition Research Institute (DOST-FNRI) also shows that about 62% of the households, from the 40.2% reported in 2019, have experienced moderate to severe food insecurity. One of the initiatives launched by the government to address the growing problem of malnutrition is the Philippine Plan of Action for Nutrition 2017-2022 which aims to address malnutrition through the implementation of its 12 programs, 8 of which are nutrition specific while 1 is nutrition-sensitive and three are enabling support programs.

Indeed, the call to attain food security and promote healthier diets has never been more urgent. It is to this end that the ECCP, along with its Food and Beverage Committee, is hosting a hybrid advocacy event entitled, "Building a Healthier Philippines: Strengthening Partnership and Policies for Nutrition" on 31 August 2022, 10:00-12:00 NN to raise awareness on the significance of nutrition in the country's plight towards recovery. The webinar will feature discussions on the plans and programs of the new administration to resolve the issue of food insecurity as well as promote nutrition and multi-stakeholder dialogues on innovative solutions to improve nutrition outcomes.

For sponsorship and registration inquiries, please contact advocacy@eccp.com.

How to access the webinar: For virtual attendees, you will receive the link sent via ZOOM/ECCP closer to the event date in a separate email.


10 AM - 10:05 AM
Opening Message
10:05 AM - 10:25 AM
Philippines Multisectoral Nutrition Project and possible areas for collaboration between the Public and Private Sector
10:25 AM - 10:40 AM
Current State of Hunger and Malnutrition in the Philippines
10:40 AM - 10:55 AM
Rising Global Food Prices and its impact to Food and Nutrition Security
10:55 AM - 11:25 AM
Private Sector Initiatives to Resolve Hunger and Malnutrition
11:25 AM - 11:55 AM
Panel Discussion and Open Forum
11:55 AM - 12 PM
Closing Remarks


  • Dr. Azucena Milana-Dayanghirang, MD, MCH, CESO III (Assistant Secretary and Executive Director of National Nutrition Council - Department of Health)

    Dr. Azucena Milana-Dayanghirang, MD, MCH, CESO III

    Assistant Secretary and Executive Director of National Nutrition Council - Department of Health

    Dr. Azucena M. Dayanghirang is an experienced public health leader. For the past 29 years, she has been a facilitator and a trainer for various health programs particularly on Maternal Child Health and Nutrition. She has served the people of Davao as City Nutrition Action Officer from 1991-1995; Chief of the Technical Services Division and Medical Officer VI of Davao City Health Office from 1996 to 2005; as well as the Provincial Health Officer II and Provincial Nutrition Action Officer of Davao del Sur from 2008 to 2016.

    During her stint in the local government, she led the City Nutrition Committee in the planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of health and nutrition programs. She initiated the “Fresh Milk Supplemental Feeding Program,” which led to the reduction of protein-energy malnutrition among 0-6-year-old children. She also successfully lobbied for the regularization of 32 Nutritionist-Dietitians deployed in the 16 Districts of Davao City in 1996.

    In 2016, she was elected as the National President of the Nutrition Action Officers' Association of the Philippines (NAOPA), Inc. Shortly after, she was appointed as Deputy Executive Director of the National Nutrition Council (NNC), an attached agency of the Department of Health, Philippines. In August 2019, Dr. Dayanghirang was appointed as the Executive Director of the NNC. Currently, she is designated as the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Philippines Government Focal Point and most recently, appointed as a member of the Executive Committee of the Global Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement representing Asia and Papua New Guinea.

    President Rodrigo Roa Duterte signed the appointment of Dr. Dayanghirang to Career Executive Service Officer (CESO) Rank III effective 3 December 2020. Recently, she was upgraded to Executive Director IV with the rank of Assistant Secretary as approved by President Duterte through Executive Secretary Salvador C. Medialdea on 21 July 2021.

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  • Director Imelda Angeles-Agdeppa (Director, Food and Nutrition Research Institute of Department of Science and Technology)

    Director Imelda Angeles-Agdeppa

    Director, Food and Nutrition Research Institute of Department of Science and Technology

    Imelda Angeles-Agdeppa is the Director of the Department of Science and Technology, Food and Nutrition Research Institute and conferred as Scientist IV by the National Academy of Science and Technology and the Civil service Commission. She is also a Board Member of the Professional Regulatory Board of Nutrition and Dietetics, Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) since 2016. She conducted numerous community trials that contributed significantly to the improvement in nutritional status of Filipinos.

    Imelda Angeles-Agdeppa has completed M.Sc. in Nutrition from the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education for Tropical Medicine (SEAMEO-TROPMED) Regional Center for Community Nutrition University of Indonesia and a PhD in Community Nutrition (cum laude) from the same University.

    She has been a short–term consultant in Indonesia and in the National Institute of Nutrition, Hanoi, Vietnam, and a project leader in the conduct of National Nutrition Surveys. Her most recent research is the use of Virgin coconut oil among probable and suspect cases of Covid-19.

    She received a number of awards: PAGASA which was awarded by the President of the Philippines, the Alberto Romualdez Outstanding Health Research Award (National Category) and the Clara Ruth Darby Award (Nutritionist – Dietitians Association of the Phil.)

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  • Dr. Ronald Mutasa (Practice Leader for Human Development for the Philippines, Malaysia, Thailand and Brunei at World Bank)

    Dr. Ronald Mutasa

    Practice Leader for Human Development for the Philippines, Malaysia, Thailand and Brunei at World Bank

    Dr. Ronald Mutasa is the World Bank’s Practice Leader for Human Development for the East Asia and Pacific region. Ronald has more than two decades of global health experience, including several years leading World Bank flagship lending programs in health systems strengthening and reform in South Asia, East Asia, and Africa.

    Ronald has led several World Bank research initiatives on primary healthcare reform; human capital development; co-authored publications on quality of care and demand- and supply-side incentives for health; and is a frequent peer reviewer within and outside of the Bank. Ronald sits on McGill University’s Expert Panel on Private Sector Engagement in LMICs, and the Expert Panel on Private Sector Engagement for Tuberculosis Control on India. Ronald holds a PhD in Public Health from The George Washington University, as well as advanced degrees in Development Economics and Health Policy.

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  • Marvin Tiu Lim (Chief Growth and Development Officer at Mega Global Corporation)

    Marvin Tiu Lim

    Chief Growth and Development Officer at Mega Global Corporation

    Marvin Tiu Lim currently serves as Mega Global Corporation’s Chief Growth and Development Officer. With his strong background in marketing and entrepreneurial expertise, he was able to drive brand relevance and engagement through digital marketing strategies and advocacy efforts that effectively resonate with target consumers. He also strengthened distribution channels through local, regional and e-commerce programs that led to significant sales growth for Mega Global.

    Under his leadership, Mega Global has reaped industry recognitions, including the coveted Agora Awards for Marketing Company of the Year in 2021 and retained the market leadership position for Mega Sardines. He was also recognized as a Young Market Masters Awardee in 2021.

    In line with the company’s core value of malasakit, Marvin strongly promotes people empowerment and nation-building advocacies in all his plans for the company. He consistently integrates internal and external CSR initiatives through the Mega Tiu Lim Foundation into Mega’s growth and development strategies, believing that giving back is an essential part of the company’s vision.

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Onsite Ticket (ECCP Member)
Standard Price ₱1,800
Onsite Ticket (Non-ECCP Member)

Non-members can participate on this given rate

Standard Price ₱2,500
Online Ticket (ECCP Member)
Standard Price ₱500
Online Ticket (Non-ECCP Member)
Standard Price ₱1,000