The Negros Occidental Nutrition Alliance (NONA) in collaboration with the University of St. La Salle – Bacolod and the Philippine Business for Social Progress held a meeting at Seda Hotel in Bacolod City on Wednesday, October 10, 2022.
The meeting was attended by Governor Bong Lacson, Provincial Administrator, Atty. Rayfrando Diaz, Provincial Consultant Rafael Coscolluela, Millie Kilayko of Negrense Volunteers for Change, Cidni Mapa and Rommel Gonzales of PBSP, Bro. Kenneth Martinez of USLS, Edith Villanueva of the Sugar Industry Foundation, Inc., and Bobby Magalona of Gawad Kalinga, among others.
NONA is a multi-sectoral partnership that aims to provide a collective impact in addressing pressing issues of hunger, malnutrition, and food insecurity.
It is composed of a group of grassroots stakeholders and implementers in the locality. It runs parallel with The Hunger Project, which is a consortium composed of the private sector, non-government organizations, and academe that share the collective aspiration of reducing hunger and malnutrition in our country, through both immediate and systematic solutions.
The group discussed the proposed NONA Nutrition and Food Security Roadmap with the objective to reduce the incidence of hunger, malnutrition, and food insecurity at the household level in the province.
Gov. Lacson said that to address the nutrition concerns in the province, the plan of action must involve not just care but also the prevention and proper assistance.
He thanked all stakeholders for their commitment to helping solve hunger and malnutrition and assured them that the provincial government will do everything within its capacity to address the nutrition concerns in the province.