DOST-FNRI rolls out nutrition improvement package in provinces PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 27 July 2014 14:13

The Food and Nutrition Research Institute of the Department of Science and Technology (FNRI-DOST) as the government’s lead agency in food and nutrition research and development, is mandated to define the Filipino citizenry’s nutritional status.  This mandate is through the periodic conduct of the National Nutrition Surveys (NNS) and the Updating Surveys of Selected Population Groups in between the NNS.

This mandate is successfully achieved to address the identified nutrition problems.

The Institute which addresses the malnutrition problem for implementation by appropriate agencies likewise, develops and recommends policy options, strategies, programs and projects.

Among the interventions crafted is the DOST PINOY, which is part of the High Impact Technology Solutions (HITS) of the DOST anchored on the Secretary’s battle cry “that local technology works”.

DOST PINOY which stands for Package for the Improvement of Nutrition Of Young Children, is a nutrition intervention strategy that helps lessen the impact of the persistent problem of malnutrition among young Filipino children six months to two years old.

This age is referred to as the window of opportunity for nutrition intervention since this is the stage of rapid growth and development of young children.

The DOST PINOY is a package of intervention which uses the local technology of complementary foods made of rice and mongo for 6 months to less than 3 year old children.

The package also includes the nutrition education of mothers and caregivers on health and nutrition.

In 2011, the DOST PINOY was field-tested in provinces with high prevalence of malnutrition among children 0-5 years old, such as Antique, Iloilo, Occidental Mindoro and Leyte.

The package showed positive results in contributing to the reduction of underweight 6-35 month-old children and in the improvement of knowledge among mothers and caregivers.

To maximize the benefits of the program, the year 2012 witnessed the rolling-out of the technology, as well as the provision of production equipment in the regions with high prevalence of malnutrition among 0-5 year old-children.

Along with the technology component is the promotion of the social intervention side of the program which addresses the nutrition security of young children through advocacy to the LGU’s for the adoption of the DOST PINOY.

Capacity-building of community workers through skills training were conducted in various regions of the country.

Modules for nutrition education classes and feeding intervention were provided to guide community workers in the conduct of mothers’ and caregivers’ classes.

Regular monitoring of activities ensures proper implementation of the project, and at the same time, addresses problems encountered.

Public and private partnerships are also being pursued to ensure success and sustainability of the program.

Malnutrition remains to be a multi-faceted problem which calls for the collective efforts of different organizations to improve the nutritional state of the country.

We all have our roles to play. Let’s all join hands for a healthier Filipino citizenry.

For more information on food and nutrition, you may write, call or visit:  Dr. Mario V. Capanzana, Director, Food and Nutrition Research Institute, Department of Science and Technology, General Santos Avenue, Bicutan, Taguig City; Telephone/ Fax Nos: 837-2934 or 837-3164; Direct Line:839-1839; DOST Trunk Line: 837-2071-82 local 2296 or 2284; e-mail: mvc@fnri.dost.gov.phor at mar_v_c@yahoo.com; FNRI-DOST website: http://www.fnri.dost.gov.ph (FNRI-DOST S&T Media Service: PR — Ma. Susana O. Encarnacion