DOST widens promotion of Complementary Food Project in Panay

November 21, 2014 12:05 pm 

ILOILO, Nov. 20 — The Supplementary Food Project of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) 6 has reached various provinces in Panay as part of the program on promoting the set priority on health and nutrition.

In July 2013, DOST came up with a program that would satisfy the nutritional needs of malnourished children in Panay. Focused on promoting the project, the agency conducted feeding programs in target areas with the aim of differentiating hunger feeding from nutritional feeding and to show evidence on the viability of the technology.

Engr. Rowen R. Gelonga, Regional Director of DOST 6, said that the project conducted pilot feeding in the municipalities of Tibiao, Barbaza and Tobias Fornier in the province of Antique and Estancia and Balasan in Iloilo. The program took 120 days of implementation and orientation to address the objective of the project which is to “Demonstrate, Convince and Produce”.

Other provinces like Capiz, Aklan and Guimaras have ongoing project implementation as well.

The science-based nutritional feeding consists of raw materials such as rice, mongo and sesame for the making of products like nutri crunches, cookies and polvoron that costs between five to seven pesos per pack.

Director Gelonga hopes for the continuing of the region-wide advocacy to help promote healthy and nutritional feeding programs for many children.(PNA)

LAP/AJP/CG AND JKTE-OJT/VLO /EDS

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