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DOST Conducts Nutrition Assessment Survey Amid Pandemic

The results will be used to enhance the government's policies to fight off malnutrition.

The COVID-19 pandemic has indeed affected many people around the world, and the Philippines was not spared from the effects of this health crisis.

One of the sectors that have been greatly affected by the crisis is the food industry, which saw the closure of a handful of restaurants and food establishments—both old and new—and the struggle of many local farmers to deliver their goods to different markets. On top of that, many have also gone hungry because people lost their jobs or major sources of income during the pandemic. (Read: Laid-Off Chefs Team up to Start Online Food Business Amid Pandemic)

This crisis has led to the conduct of a Rapid Nutrition Assessment Survey (RNAS) by the Department of Science and Technology-Food and Nutrition Research Institute (DOST-FNRI). The RNAS is part of the department’s response to combat COVID-19 and assesses the food security and situation of the Philippines.

Volunteers at the Move Food Initiative headquarters in Makati City, Philippines. (Photo from Agrea /

Rapid Nutrition Assessment Survey

According to DOST, the RNAS is subsidized through the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act (Republic Act 11469) with Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles at the reins. Its primary goal is to “provide a snapshot of the nutrition and food security situation of the country during [the] COVID-19 pandemic.” (Read: 3 Ways You Can Help Ensure Food Security in the Coming Years)

The findings from the survey will be used to guide stakeholders and policymakers in developing strategies to fight off malnutrition—an especially relevant issue among vulnerable groups such as pregnant women and children below five years old.

As of writing, the RNAS is already being conducted and will continue until December of this year.

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