Iodine Global Network (IGN)

Philippines

MUIC* (µg/L): 183 (2018) National, SAC (9-10 years)
POPULATION IODINE INTAKE: Adequate
* MUIC, median urinary iodine concentration
SAC: school-age children / WRA: women of reproductive age / PW: pregnant women / NPNLW: Non-Pregnant Non-Lactating Women

NEWS

21. August 2018

Philippines: Groups back bill exempting local sea salt from ASIN law

FOOD entrepreneurs and exporters want to make the non-iodization of salt no longer a sin under the law. In a position paper, multisectoral group Competitiveness Currency Forum (CCF) rallied behind ...

13. January 2016

Philippines: Public encouraged to buy only DOH-sealed iodized salt

The Philippine National Nutrition Council in Central Visayas (NNC 7) is urging the public to buy only those iodized salt with a Department of Health seal. "Incorrect intake of iodine may lead to mental...

16. November 2015

Philippines to combat smuggling of non-iodized salt

Salt iodization law enforcement will be strengthened between Cagayan Valley and the Ilocos region in the Philippines to combat the smuggling of non-iodized salt and to stop the production of non-iodized...

30. October 2015

Philippines campaigns to use iodized salt

The National Nutrition Council (NNC) 11 intensified its campaign for the use of iodized salt to counter iodine deficiency. Speaking during the Kapehan sa Dabaw at SM City on Monday, Dr. Maria Theresa...

03. September 2015

Philippines: iodized salt campaign continues

The campaign for “Saktong Iodine sa Asin (Adequate Iodine in Salt)” continues in the Northern Mindanao province of Misamis Occidental. The United Nations’ Childrens’ Fund (UNICEF), in partnership with the...

23. July 2015

Philippines: Iodine Task Force to be activated in Mindanao

A “Bantay Asin” Task Force (BATF) will be organized by the Department of Health (DOH-13) and National Nutrition Council (NNC-13) to solve the iodine-related health issues and concerns in Northeastern...

12. July 2015

Philippines: public encouraged to buy iodized salt

The public should buy salt bearing the warning "Saktong Iodine sa Asin" and the DOH seal on the package, said Philippine Health Undersecretary Kenneth Hartigan-Go. His request comes one day after the DOH...

12. May 2015

Philippines: meeting on iodized salt held in Batangas

A Consultative Meeting of the Salt Iodization Program took place on 23 April at the Provincial Capitol Hall in Batangas led by the Provincial Health Office headed by Dr. Rosvilinda Ozaeta. Attendees...

28. April 2015

Philippines: challenges to salt iodization 20 years after ASIN law

Iodine deficiency is a “silent but tremendous” nutritional problem as it can greatly risk the health and lives of children. In the Philippines, the results 8th National Nutritional Survey (NNS) show that ...

19. July 2014

Goiter is still common in the Philippines

In the Philippines, one of the most common diseases that affect the thyroid gland is goiter. “Goiter is prevalent in the Philippines,” says Dr. Gabriel Jasul, Jr., director of the Philippine Society of...

11. June 2014

Philippines reactivate a regional task force to manage the national salt iodization program

National Nutrition Council (NNC) has reactivated the Regional Bantay Asin Task Force (RBATF) in an effort to manage and coordinate the National Salt Iodization Program (NSIP) in Central Luzon. “RBATF...

01. February 2009

Filipinos warned of IDD's threat to infants

ICCIDD board member Dr. Teofilo San Luis was the quoted expert in a story, "Iodine deficiency affects babies, says expert" airing today on Manila's ABS-CBN News urging pregnant women to consume adequate...

PUBLICATIONS

Survey of Food Processors Utilizing Iodized Salt. Final Report (PDFAchtung Link öffnet sich in einem neuen Fenster)
Prepared by: Nutrition Center of the Philippines for the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition - Philippines
June 2015
Current iodine nutrition status and awareness of iodine deficiency in Tuguegarao, Philippines (PDFAchtung Link öffnet sich in einem neuen Fenster)
Bu Kyung Kim, Jee-Yeong Jeong, Kwang-Hyuk Seok, Andrew S. Lee, Chul Ho Oak, Ghi Chan Kim, Chae-Kyeong Jeong, Sung In Choi, Pablo M. Afidchao, and Young Sik Choi
International Journal of Endocrinology, Volume 2014, Article ID 210528, 7 pages

Regional Coordinator

Edward Otico
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National Coordinator

Theo San Luis
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