Seven Decades of the Philippine Association of Nutrition

(1947- 2017)


  • Founded on March 9, 1947 and registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on September 25, 1947
  • Championed successfully the creation of the Institute of Nutrition (IN), now the Food and Nutrition Research Institute (FNRI), DOST, made effective on July 1, 1947
  • Lobbied fruitfully for the passage of the Rice Enrichment Law on August 14, 1952 to help minimize beri-beri
  • Passed, at the 1953 PAN Convention, a resolution paving the way for the setting of the standards for the practice of dietetics in the country, and the organization of the Dietetic Association of the Philippines (DAP) on February 23, 1955, now the Nutritionist-Dietitians Association of the Philippines (NDAP)
  • Pushed successfully for the recognition, by medical colleges, of the inclusion of nutrition in the medical curriculum
  • Protested, with positive results, against misleading food advertisements, e.g. “filled milk as suitable for infant feeding” being revised accordingl
  • Represented meaningfully the cause of infant feeding and meal planning during emergencies in the Civil Defense Authority Council and the Committee on Food
  • Published in 1947 the Nutrition News, the PAN official organ, now known as the Philippine Journal of Nutrition (PJN)


  • Established its first Nutrition Clinic at the St. Scholastica’s College-Manila, as part of PAN’s community service
  • Worked productively in rural areas with civic organizations, e.g. the Philippine Rural Reconstruction Movement (PRRM), Philippine National Red Cross (PNRC), and Rural Health Units (RHU) of the Department of Health
  • Participated actively in international (e.g. UNESCO) and local multi-organization conferences/festivities (e.g. National Nutrition Month, and National Family Life Week celebrations
  • Helped in the organization of the Nutrition Foundation of the Philippines (NFP) on December 8, 1959 to serve as the nutrition arm of the government in the private sector
  • Organized nutrition chapters in various places of the country, including PAN student chapters in colleges and universities, to lead nutrition awareness activities among the local people
  • Supported the passage of the bill to regulate the practice of dietetics in the country, signed into law on June 15, 1960; later worked for the amendment of the Dietetics Law to include nutrition graduates with no dietetic internship
  •  Made representations with the Civil Service Commission (CSC) to give qualifying examinations for nutrition, culminating in the first such examinations on February 26, 1966
  • Established a Scholarship Fund for local graduate students in nutrition
  • Advocated for the organization of the National Coordinating Council on Food and Nutrition (NCCFN) to promote nutrition in the various agencies of government and the private sector
  • Participated in the FAO Training on Food Consumption Surveys for Asia and the Far East on September 21 – November 20, 1964


  • Participated actively in the conduct of international nutrition symposia and congresses which enhanced the prestige of the Philippines worldwide, e.g.;
  • 3rd Far East Symposium in Nutrition in Manila, Philippines, on February 14-21, 1967, with the PAN President as Member of the Philippine Delegation;
  • 1st Asian Congress of Nutrition in Hyderabad, India, on February 2, 1971, with PAN members as official Participants
  • Sought the inclusion, in the 1971 Philippine Charter, of the provision that will secure good nutrition to every Filipino
  • Hosted singly or jointly with other agencies/organizations (e.g. UP-PGH, and PAFT), the conduct of national symposia/for a on relevant topics/issues at the time. e.g. food planning and policy; protein gap; vegetable protein; protein food processing; revision of the Philippine Recommended Dietary Allowances; nutrition surveys; and development of children
  • Celebrated its Silver Jubilee on January 14, 1973, with an essay contest, seminar cruise, an international food festival, and the recognition night for jubilee awardees in nutrition research, community nutrition, and institutional food service

Initiated the formation of the Inter Organizational Committee on Nutrition (ICON) on July 5, 1973 from three nutrition organizations: PAN, NDAP, and the Philippine Society of Nutritionist-Dietitians (PSND), giving nutrition a stronger voice with its multidisciplinary membership

  • Conducted operations research on some local food and nutrition programs to lead support to research promotion objectives e.g.
  • Operation Nutribooth, a nutrition education approach involving person-to-person consultation, on January 3, 1978
  •  Launched the project, the use of the Metro Manila Transport System, phase 1: Light Railway Transit (LRT) coaches as display sites for breastfeeding messages, on November 14, 1986
  •  Participated actively in the: 

2nd ASEAN Food Conference in Manila, in 1985

Consumer Protection Month in October particularly against nutrition misinformation and misinterpretations

Araw ng Sangkap Pinoy (ASAP) of the DOST, with nutrition steamers and volunteers in “PATAK” Centers in Metro Manila 


  • Celebrated the PAN Ruby (40 years) Anniversary on July 21-21, 1987, with the Theme, “Mandates for Nutrition”. explored in sessions on current food and nutrition researches, and the role of various agencies with nutrition mandates
  • Co-sponsored, with the Philippine Association of Food Technologies (PAFT) the forum, “The Regulation of Food Products and Materials”, on June 26, 1987
  • Launched the project, the use of the Metro Manila Transit System, Phase 2” Buses and jeepneys as displays sites of nutrition messages, on July 8, 1987
  • Launched the PAN Energy-rich Recipe Handbook thought strengthened/linkages with the Philippine Social Science Council (PSSC), the Consumer Protection Executive Committee (CPEC) and the CHAP, on July 21, 1987


Celebrated the PAN Golden (50 years) Anniversary on July 3-4, 1997, with Panel Discussions on “A Multidimensional View of Partnership in Food and Nutrition Research”, the organization of Outstanding PAN Chapters, a college/university student cookfest using FNRI-developed rice-mongo blends

  • Launched in 1997 the Francisco Santos Memorial Award 
  • Launched in 2003 the Annual Exemplary Projects and Progress Awards recognizing innovative strategies, e.g. PABASA sa Nutrisyon (PSN) of local government units
  • Conducted in 2003 the research for and presented the ASIN Awards to top 5 provinces and cities that have successfully implemented salt iodization
  • Established in 2003 the yearly “PAN Recommends” Series, which are statements of important and urgent research –based nutrition and related policy, strategy, and program recommendations that will contribute to the improvement of the current nutrition situation of Filipinos, i.e. the use of weekly iron supplements for 1-5 year old children; judicious use of modern biotechnology in search of foods for improved nutritional quality; call on LGUs as prime movers for improved nutrition; and call on all elementary schools to be nutrition-friendly
  • Identified 3 key areas PAN strategies action, i.e.:

Improved family nutrition caring practices

Legislative and LGU support for improved nutrition

Re-testing of PAN members and affiliates

2007 to present
Conducted special meeting on “Cebu Longitudinal Health and Nutrition Study (CLHNS). The CLHNS is a very productive and informative cohort. The purpose of this meeting is for the CLHNS group to share timely and relevant findings from the longitudinal study to contribute towards PAN’s initiatives to influence public health and nutrition policy. The meeting was limited to 25 participants from the PAN Board of Directors together with selected individuals from government, academe and NGOs.

  • Speakers invited were: Dr. Adair talked about research and policy implications of the CLHNS on the early nutrition and chronic diseases; Dr. Alan Feranil of OPS-USC discussed their involvement in the CLHNS and their other work in Cebu; and Dr. Florentino Solon shared some historical insight to the study as this was initiated with his involvement. Then followed by a dialogue with experts in the field of nutrition, food, agriculture, health, social development, economics and medicine
  • PAN Forum

Addressing nutritional problems that continue to affect the Philippines would require multidisciplinary approaches, comprehensive and holistic framework and that needs real leaders to be the front liners in solving these problems. The Philippine Association of Nutrition (PAN) is honing the student leaders of today as an effective way to produce nutrition leaders of tomorrow. 

Thus, PAN tapped the PAN Student Chapter members to enhance the leadership skills of nutrition students. Thus, the following Forum was mainly intended to the PAN Chapter members with the support of their advisers. 


  • Conducted a Back to Back Symposium on “Managing Bone Health in Modern Lifestyle and Transformational Leadership”

Experts on bone health were invited and talked on: Dr. Julie T. Li-Yu, Chief, Joint and Bone Center, University of Sto. Tomas with the topic Consensus Guidelines for Osteoporosis Prevention, Diagnosis and Treatment in the Philippines while Dr. Beatriz Dykes, DOST Balik Scientist talked on Transformational Leadership. 

  • Conducted the 1st PAN Forum of Updates with its theme “Advancing ND’s Role to the Challenges of the Global”

Speakers invited were: Dr. Mario V. Capanzana, Director, Food and Nutrition Research Institute, Department of Science and Technology with the topic Nutrition Situation and Socio-Economic National Nutrition Survey: Health Index and Ms. Joan Sumpio, Branch Manager and Nutritionist of Nutritalk, Inc shared the Updates in Nutrition Labelling/Profiling. PAN also invited Ms. Miselle P. Bergonia, Certified Image Consultant on personality development with a topic Beauty, Brains and Character

  • Conducted the 2nd PAN Forum of Updates with the theme “All About Rice”. In support to the celebration of the National Year of Rice, the Philippine Association of Nutrition focused its 2nd PAN Forum on the delivering vital information to professionals and students on brown rice, rice-mix and fortified rice that shall help engine rice self-sufficiency promote responsible rice consumption and reduce rice wastage. 

PAN invited experts on rice study, they were as follows: Ms. Hazel V. Antonio, National Year of Rice Advocacy Campaign Director, Philippine Rice Research Institute - Be Riceponsible: A National Year of Rice Campaign; Ms. Rosaly V. Manaois, Senior Science Research Specialist, Rice Chemistry and Food Science Division, Philippine Rice - Understanding Rice; Its Quality and Products; Dr. Rosemarie G. Garcia, Supervising Science Research Specialist, Technology Diffusion and S& T Services Division, Food and Nutrition Research Institute, Department of Science and Technology - Brown Rice Optimization; Dr. Gerard Barry, Golden Rice Project Leader and Golden Rice Network Coordinator, International Rice Research Institute - Micronutrient Densed Rice in the Context of the Philippine Diet; and Dr. Wilma A. Hurtada, Professor, Institute of Human Nutrition and Food, College of Human Ecology, University of the Philippines Los Baños - Rice-Corn Mix

Audio Video Presentation on Development of recipes utilizing brown rice for the FNRI Menu Guide was shown followed by a Cooking Demo by Chef Tim Abejuela and Ms. Luz S. Callanta of Center of Culinary Arts. Manila.

Final part of the program was the Riceposible Oath.

  • Conducted 3rd PAN Forum of Updates entitled “Perspectives and Challenges: Honing Nutrition Leaders of Tomorrow”. 

The objectives of this Forum were the following: To recognize the history of PAN; To gain knowledge about nutrition leadership; to organize into a single body as the PAN Federation of Student Chapters; to learn about the different student chapters; to establish camaraderie among themselves; to encourage participation in the mother chapter activities; and to formulate activities that can be done among the student chapters with the support of the mother chapter.

Ms. Karen Kaye Mejos and Mr. Dave Clark Sison both Faculty of the Philippine Women’s University attended the South East Asia Nutrition Leadership Program (SEANLP). They shared their experiences in this Leadership Program to motivate the Students Chapters. Mr. Rolando T. Yu, Faculty, Polytechnic University of the Philippines, San Juan Campus explained “What is PAN Federation of Student Chapters?” Introduction of PAN Student Chapters were presented. Followed by team building activities.