Linamon, Lanao del Norte - The Department of Science and Technology-Lanao del Norte, in partnership with the Local Government Unit of Linamon, rolls out DOST-Package for the Improvement of Nutrition of Young (PINOY) to 123 undernourished children among eight barangays in the municipality.

The program is a 120-day supplementary feeding of DOST-Food and Nutrition Research Institute (FNRI) rice-mongo complementary food blends and snack curls to identified malnourished children ages 6 to 60 months of Linamon.

The rice-mongo blend is processed by extrusion cooking method and is ready-to-eat by adding previously boiled water. It contains 110 kcal (energy) and 4 grams protein per 30 grams, enough to meet 10.8% of the energy needs and 21.4% of the recommended protein of these children.

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

“The DOST-FNRI developed complementary food packs will hopefully address the prevalence of undernourishment and stunting in the municipality. A productive community starts with a healthy population,” said Ms. Gerrylou Sweet Pia, DOST-LDN Community Empowerment through Science and Technology coordinator, as she expressed the impact of food and nutrition programs to the small communities. (Alexa Trixi L. Rosales, DOST-LDN)