Philippine Association of Nutrition

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The Philippine Association of Nutrition (PAN), Inc. was founded on 9 March 1947 by the country's foremost experts who early on, had the vision of good nutrition for Filipinos. They included Dr. Francisco O. Santos, biochemist, laid the foundation for the Philippine Food Composition Tables and was the first PAN president; Dr. Isabelo O. Concepcion, medical doctor and scientist, Dr. Juan Salcedo, Jr., the first Filipino Medical Nutritionist to gain international recognition for his pioneering work on rice enrichment;; Dr. Presentacion Perez, nutritionist, professionalized institutional food service and dietetics; Dr. Clara Ruth Darby, visiting nutrition professor, initiated dietetic internship in the United States of the first Philippine graduates in food and nutrition in 1948; Dr. Barker Brown, biochemist; and Dr. Ariston Hermano, medical doctor.

The PAN was formed to organize into a single body all those interested in the food and nutrition problems in the country and support all efforts directed towards the attainment of proper nutrition of Filipinos. Its membership mirrors the multidisciplinary nature of nutrition work.

The Association took the leadership in initiating action that began the vigorous nutrition work in the country. The founding members of PAN achieved the first milestone when it successfully convinced President Manuel Roxas to create an agency of trained nutritionists responsible for the promotion of good nutrition. PAN's early advocacy work resulted in Executive Order No. 94 dated July 1, 1947 organizing the Institute of Nutrition now the Food and Nutrition Research Institute, the major government arm for food and nutrition research.

PAN has continually nurtured the country's nutrition work and in the process, supports both government and private sectors in their activities. Aside from causing the establishment of the Institute of Nutrition, PAN has made major contributions to the national nutrition efforts. Among these are:

Worked with the Institute of Nutrition for the passage of the Rice Enrichment Law (RA 382) on 14 August 1952 and its implementation, and which has become a model for other countries Advocated among medical schools to include nutrition in the medical curriculum, and recommended policies and guidelines for the dietetic curricula and practice of dietetics Paved the way for the organization of the Dietetic Association of the Philippines, now the Nutritionist-Dietitians Association of the Philippines, on 23 February 1955

Lobbied for the amendment of the Dietetic Law for the Civil Service Commission to give a qualifying nutritionist examination for those who did not go through dietetic internship

Helped in creating the Nutrition Foundation of the Philippines (NFP), a private, non-stock organization devoted to community nutrition work

Assisted government and non government organizations in lobbying for nutrition and related causes

Introduced innovative nutrition education strategies such as the use of the local transport system and "nutribooth" as means to promote breastfeeding, supplementary feeding and least cost family meals

PAN membership is open to professional practitioners and students in food and nutrition or allied fields, and to individuals and private sector who have shown sustained active participation in the promotion and advancement of nutrition.

Now on its 56th year, PAN's membership of about 500 is spread across disciplines, sectors and levels with more professional and student chapters joining the nutrition movement. The members are engaged actively through innovative projects and pioneering collaborations in promoting the cause of nutrition.


The PAN was formed to organize into a single body all those interested in the food and nutrition problems in the Philippines, to collect, analyze, interpret and disseminate information relating to the food and nutrition; to promote the study and spirit of research among its members; to study the nutrition problems in cooperation with the government and suggest remedies thereof; and to find ways and means by which the level of nutrition of the masses can be raised.


1. To organize into a single body all those interested in supporting efforts directed towards the attainment of proper nutrition of Filipinos;

2. To initiate and implement projects and to promote and encourage research in support of the country's food and nutrition program;

3. To promote professional and personal growth to its members;

4. To promote nutrition consciousness among the population;

5. To encourage proper nutrition practices and engage in consumer protection against nutrition misinformation and misinterpretation;

6. To initiate and support measures and proper legislation affecting the nutritional state of the people and to secure reforms and amendments of the same whenever necessary;

7. To affiliate or establish contact with other nutrition, food and health associations in the Philippines and around the world so as to promote local and international collaboration; and

8. To maintain a journal which shall serve as the official organ of the Association


Membership in the PAN shall either by application or by recommendation by the Committee on Membership and approved by the Board of the Directors of the mother organization or of their respective chapters. The membership shall consist of: (a) professional; (b) associate; (c) life; (d) fellow; (e) charter; (f) honorary; and (g) sustaining.


1. Professional - those who are professional practitioners in Food and Nutrition or allied fields

2. Associate - (a) all students majoring in food and nutrition and other allied fields are qualified to be members of Associate Chapters; (b) persona who have shown sustained and active participation in the promotion of nutrition and who do not qualify as professional members.

3. Life - members of the Association at least 50 years of age and who have been professional members of good standing for at least five years or a fellow may be accepted for life membership.

4. Fellow - the title of Fellow shall be conferred upon any charter or professional member who has made outstanding contribution in the field of nutrition in the Philippines and has completed at least five (5) years of continuous membership of good standing on the date of his/her nomination.

5. Charter - members who have signed the original Constitution and By-laws and those whose names appear in the roster of the Association at the time of the incorporation. Regional or Provincial Chapters shall have their own charter members.

6. Honorary - those who are invited by the Association to become such because of exceptional and outstanding contributions in the field of nutrition in the Philippines. They shall be chosen by unanimous approval of the Board of Directors upon the nomination of any member of the Board. They shall pay no fees or dues.

7. Sustaining - organizations, partnerships, or corporations that are actually engaged in some phase of endeavor involving nutrition or are interested and/or concerned in the promotion and advancement of nutrition in the Philippines.

  • Annual membership fee:
  • Professional P 300.00
  • Associate 100.00
  • Student 60.00
  • Annual affiliation fee (Chapter):
  • Student P 100.00
  • Provincial/City 300.00
  • Registration fee:
  • Life (one time) P 3,000.00
  • Sustaining 50,000.00

All members in good standing, except Associate members are entitled to all issues of the Philippine Journal of Nutrition during the year. Associate members are entitled to a discounted subscription rate. In addition, all members are entitled to attend the Annual Convention, meetings and similar activities of the Association.




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