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SALAY, MISAMIS ORIENTAL—128 malnourished children from the eighteen (18) barangays in Salay benefited in the120-day complementary food feeding under the Malnutrition Reduction Program of DOST.

The Department of Science and Technology-X rolled out DOST-Food and Nutrition Research Institute (DOST-FNRI) complementary food technology to 128 malnourished children in Salay, Misamis Oriental.

One Hundred out of the 128 children show improved health conditions from severely underweight and underweight to normal. This resulted in a significant decrease in the malnutrition rate in Salay.

The DOST PINOY (Package for the Improvement of Nutrition of Young Children), under the DOST-FNRI Malnutrition Reduction Program (MRP), is a program focused on supplementary feeding of Rice-Mongo Food Technology to identified malnourished children between ages 6 to 59 months for 120 days.

The program also includes educating the mothers and guardians on nutrition basics, breastfeeding, complementary feeding, maternal nutrition, meal planning, safe food preparation, and vegetable gardening.

According to the National Nutrition Council (NNC) in its recently released report in the 47th Nutrition Month Talking Points with the campaign title "Malnutrisyon patuloy na labanan, First 1000 days tutukan!", the period of six months to two years old is a critical period when the child has increased nutrition needs. At this stage, a child is prone to diseases and infections, while physical and mental damages during this period become irreversible. Thus, this period also is the window of opportunity for nutrition intervention.

The MRP, through the DOST PINOY, is DOST’s response to address the malnutrition problem among the Filipino children supported by its Community Empowerment through Science and Technology (CEST) program.

Salay is one of the municipalities in Region 10 that took part in the rollout of the DOST-FNRI complementary food technology and intervention strategy to fight against child malnutrition. (Alexa Trixi L Rosales, PA1 DOST Misamis Oriental)