The Philippines’ Knowledge Center on Food and Nutrition

National Nutrition Survey

The Food and Nutrition Research Institute of the Department of Science and Technology (FNRI-DOST), being the premier R&D institution of the government on food and nutrition, is mandated to undertake researches that defines and updates the Philippine food and nutrition situation, including food consumption of households and the nutritional status of the Filipino population with reference to malnutrition and nutrition-related diseases, and their causes. This is embodied in E.O. 128 dated January 1987 and E.O. 352 dated January 1996, which considered the National Nutrition Survey (NNS) as a statistical activity that will generate data, which serves as basis for decision-making of both government and non-government sectors. In compliance with this mandate, the FNRI-DOST conducts the NNS every five years at the national and regional levels, and disseminates results one (1) year after the culmination of the survey.

FNRI Data presents a complete collection of National Nutrition Survey (NNS) results and analyses over the past 39 years. The processed data is categorized by the following constituent phases:


Refers to the assessment of the individual’s growth and nutritional status based on measures of weight, height, body distances and circumferences, and body compartments of fat and lean tissue.


Refers to the analysis of blood and urine samples to detect existing malnutrition, particularly iron, vitamin A,iodine and zinc deficiencies, even prior to the appearance of clinical signs.


Involves the examination of signs and symptoms to detect advance nutritional depletion as well as the assessment of nutrition-related risk factors to non-communicable diseases among adults.


Includes the measurement of the actual amounts of food consumed in the household; the assessment of the food intake of the nutritionally-vunerable groups (non-breastfed 6 months to 5 years old children, pregnant women and lactating mothers); the assessment of infant feeding practices; and awareness and usage of fortified foods and iodized salt.