NDAP Shines at the 6th Asian Congress of Dietetics

Some 50 Filipinos led by NDAP President Dr. Adela Jamorabo-Ruiz and NDAP Vice President Milagros Elisa Federizo attended the 6th Asian Congress of Dietetics (ACD) on the theme “Advancing Health through Innovating Dietetic Practice across Asia”. Both Ruiz and Federizo were invited speakers. This quadrennial event was held at the National Taiwan University Hospital (NTUH) International Convention Center, Taipei, Taiwan on August 21-24, 2014 under the auspices of the Asian Federation of Dietetics Associations (AFDA) where Dr. Ruiz was the country’s voting delegate and AFDA Secretary General of the Council Meetings and the General Assembly.

Some 1000 delegates from 21 countries witnessed a colorful opening program with lion dance and divided their time to attend a keynote lecture, 5 plenary lectures, 21 symposia, 2 workshops, 1 panel discussion and 8 luncheon symposia with 81 invited speakers from Asia, Oceania, USA, Canada and Israel. There were 8 oral sessions with 52 research presentations and 4 thematic poster exhibitions with 269 researches. Added features were exhibitions of food, nutrition and dietetics products and services with freebies and samples.

A “Taipei Asian Night” cultural event was held on August 23 at the Regent Taipei Hotel with performances from AFDA delegates by country. The Philippine delegation was the best performance as gauged through audience impact and applause with their “Masskara-themed tribal dance”, Group song “Manila, Manila” and a solo performance of a Filipino love song by Maria Estela Jamorabo.

As recognized experts in Nutrition Dr. Ruiz was a speaker in the Session on International Qualification and Accreditation of Dietetics Profession while Ms. Federizo shared her study on “Community-Based Support Groups in Promoting, Protecting and Supporting Breastfeeding in Urban Setting in the Philippines” at the Symposium on Improving Maternal and Child Feeding and Nutrition. Dr. Ruiz shared the limelight with ICDA President Sandra Capra of Australia; ICDA Secretary Marsha Sharp of Canada; Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Past President Sylvia Escott-Stump and Indian Dietetic Association Vice President Dr. Bhaskarachary.

Ten Filipino delegates served as speakers and research presentors in the oral and poster categories. The institutions that contributed researches during the 6th ACD are the Polytechnic University of the Philippines, the National Nutrition Council, Food and Nutrition Research Institute, UP-PGH, St. Scholastica’s College, Centro Escolar University, Manila Tytana College and University of Santo Tomas.

NDAP board members and chapter officers who attended the ACD aside from Dr. Ruiz and Ms. Federizo were Elizabeth Z. Toledo (AFP Medical Center), Noemi Clement (West Visayas Medical Center, Iloilo), Socorro Judi A. de Vera (West Visayas State University Hospital, Iloilo). NDAP past president Ms. Nieves Serra was on the official NDAP delegation so with Dr. Zenaida F. Velasco of UST.

The AFDA was formed in 1990 as a means to support and advance the profession of dietetics in Asia with the Philippines represented by NDAP as founding member. A Declaration of the advocacies of AFDA was signed by country representatives at the Closing Program.