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FNRI Conducts the 2015 Updating of the Nutritional Status of Filipino Children and Other Population Groups



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FNRI Conducts the 2015 Updating of the Nutritional Status of Filipino Children and Other Population Groups
(PR-CTCO-SS-SPPD-1508-01,, Posted 07 September 2015)


Last July 2015, the Food and Nutrition Research Institute (FNRI) started the data collection phase of the Updating of the Nutritional Status of Filipino Children and Other Population Groups (also known as Updating Survey) and this will run until October 2015. The statistical activity will supply and update the country’s record on the health status of children and of other age groups. Information generated from the survey will aid in the appropriate formulation and modification of food and nutrition policies and intervention at the national and provincial levels.

The 2015 Updating Survey specifically aims to:

  • Determine prevalence of under- and over-nutrition among all population groups;

  • Determine and monitor changes in the feeding practices among children who are at most 23 months old;

  • Determine the participation of households in nutrition and other related-programs;

  • Determine maternal health and nutritional status;

  • Assess food security status of Filipino households;

  • Determine prevalence of selected risk factors to non-communicable diseases, hypertension, smoking and alcoholism among children, adolescents and adults, physical inactivity and unhealthy diet;

  • Determine usage and awareness of health/food dietary supplements among adults;

  • Determine and assess household and per capita food and nutrient intake and adequacy; and

  • Determine attainment of health related Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and set the baseline for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

It may be recalled that the Updating Survey was last conducted in 2011. From this survey, it was reported that around one third (32%) of children 5.1 to 10 years old are underweight. It was further noted that underweight prevalence among children 0-10 years old increases with age. In terms of provincial mapping, a very high existence of underweight children 0-5 years old was noted in the provinces of Siquijor, Basilan, Guimaras, Capiz, and Camarines Norte.

The 2011 Updating Survey also revealed that the occurrence of wasting among children increases with age. Wasting is a condition where the child’s weight is lower than that of a normal child of the same height. This condition serves as an indicator of acute malnutrition. In 2011, 5.6% of children in between the ages of 5.1 to 5.9 years are affected by acute malnutrition, while 9.4% of eight year olds are under this state.

The Updating Survey, which is done in between National Nutrition Surveys (NNS), complements the nutritional and health status data generated by the latter. This year, the Updating Survey is being implemented to around 46,000 households nationwide and is allotted a budget of PhP 156,173,293.1 (or PhP 3,395 per respondent).

The conduct of the 2015 Updating Survey was granted clearance by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) through the Statistical Survey Review and Clearance System (SSRCS). This mechanism is implemented by virtue of Rule 28 of the Implementing Rules and Regulations of Republic Act No. 10625 to:

  • Ensure sound design for data collection;

  • Minimize the burden placed upon respondents;

  • Effect economy in statistical data collection;

  • Eliminate unnecessary duplication of statistical data collection; and

  • Achieve better coordination of government statistical activities.

MDG-related indicators to be generated from the 2015 Updating Survey are expected to be released in December 2015. Regional dissemination of the survey results are also slated in August, September, and November 2016.

Key planners and policy makers envision a Philippines with citizens who are of good nutrition and health status. Information generated from the Updating Survey will be crucial in developing policies and programs to attain that.

In light of this, the households are enjoined to respond to the survey.




(Deputy National Statistician)




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