Board of Nutrition and Dietetics

History

As early as 1939, attempts had been made to start a nutrition program at the University of the Philippines. The initiative was resumed in 1946, with the offering of a Bachelor of Science in Home Economics, Major in Food and Nutrition at the UP College of Education, Department of Home Economics. The first five graduates of 1948 left for the United States for Dietetic internships and graduate programs.

The first breakthrough in the recognition of dietetics as a profession came with the creation of the Dietetics Department at the Philippine General Hospital in 1952. In 1955, the Dietetic Association of the Philippines was incorporated to answer the need to organize the increasing number of dietitians entering the profession.

Republic Act No. 2674, entitled “An Act to Regulate the Practice of Dietetics in the Philippines,” was passed in 1960, with the first Board Examiners being appointed in 1961. Prior to the enactment of the law, special qualifying examinations were administered by the Civil Service Commission, at the request of government dietitians who wished to avail of civil service benefits. In 1978, realizing the demand for nutrition graduates in areas other than hospital dietetics, the Dietetic Association of the Philippines worked towards the signing of Presidential Decree No. 1286, entitled “Regulating the Practice of Nutrition and Dietetics in the Philippines, and for other Purposes,” to repeal Republic Act 2674. The name of the bona fide professional association was likewise changed from Dietetic Association of the Philippines (DAP) to Nutritionist-Dietitian’s Association of the Philippines (NDAP).

In 1980, the Nutritionists-Dietitians’ Association initiated Continuing Professional Education as a requirement for renewal to Active Membership. This activity was turned over to the PRC – Continuing Professional Education Council.

The peak in the curve of entrants into the profession was reached in the mid sixties. Graduates continued to apply for internship and graduate programs in the US, and the number of schools offering 4-year degree programs continued to increase. To insure that the recommended curriculum would be adopted, and to assist in monitoring the school programs, an Organization called Council of Deans and Heads of Schools offering Nutrition and Dietetics (CODHEND) was organized in 1983. Another milestone in the recognition of nutritionist-dietitian graduates from the Philippines in 1993, is the Reciprocity Agreement between the PRC and the Commission on Dietetic Registration of the American Dietetic Association (ADA).




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