Tungawan town gets food production facility from DOST PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 19 March 2015 11:55

TUNGAWAN, Zamboanga Sibugay — To reduce the prevalence of under nutrition among 6 months to 35 months old children, the Department of Science and Technology-Food and Nutrition Research Institute (DOST-FNRI) initiated science and technology interventions to address malnutrition dubbed “DOST-PINOY” or Package for the Improvement of Nutrition of Young Children.

Recent survey results conducted by DOST FNRI revealed that  Region IX including other areas in the country had higher prevalence of both underweight and stunted children aged 0-5. This age group is very crucial for physical and mental development thus lack of nutrition during this stage may result to severe health condition.

DOST-FNRI recently inaugurated the facility to address the persistent health issues among young kids and helping to meet our Millennium Development Goals.

DOST Zamboanga Sibugay science research specialist Francis Melanie T. Temonio said the Roll-Out of Complementary Food Production project in Region IX is implemented in Barangay Libertad, Tungawan, this province and in the Cordillera Administrative Region, Region IV-B, IX, XII and CARAGA.

It was inaugurated on March 6 attended by program partners such as the National Nutrition Council, National Economic & Development Authority, Department of Social Welfare and Development, Department of Trade and Industry, Department of Labor and Employment, Department of Education local government officials and other stakeholders.

Regional Director Brenda L. Nazareth-Manzano said the project started when Mayor Randy A. Climaco signified his strong commitment to adopt the commercialization of the technology-based enterprise.

The LGU provided building/space for the processing area to produce the DOST-FNRI developed complementary food products. The needed manpower for the operation of the project was also complemented by the good mayor.

Meanwhile, DOST funded the acquisition of production/processing equipment as octagon mixer, hot extrusion line, moisture meter, auto repacking machine, digital weighing scales, kitchen utensils, stainless steel working table and packaging materials.

Proper training on the production of complementary foods, and basic sanitation and hygiene were also provided to the production workers. DOST  assisted in the production of promo collateral materials in video and print formats.

Specifically, the complementary food products are rice mongo curls  which is made from a blend of rice flour and mongo flour. It contains 130 Kcal and 4g protein per 30g enough to meet 12.1% of recommended energy and 14.3% of recommended protein intake of 1-3 years old children; and instant rice-mongo baby food blend which is rich in protein and energy. It contains 102 Kcal and 4 grams protein per 30grams, enough to meet 17% of recommended energy and 29 percent recommended protein intake for 6 months to less than 12-months old children.

This is a dream project of Tungawan folks. Mayor Climaco thanked all program partners and stakeholders for the realization of this project which is seen to create more local jobs and marketing opportunities, thus uplifting the socio-economic status not only of Tungawan but also its neighboring municipalities. — ALT-PIA9/Zamboanga Sibugay