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Bencals Food Products, one of the sought-after tablea makers in Bukidnon, finally received its License to Operate (LTO) from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on February 12, 2022.

The LTO issued to Bencals Food Products certifies the firm's legality to operate as a Food Manufacturer of its tablea products.

The high demand for cocoa offers a huge opportunity for the firm as there is no existing market in Bukidnon for Cocoa Butter yet. Hence, Bencals Food Products sought the assistance of DOST for product innovation support by upgrading their Cacao Processing facility.

Through the DOST-Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program (DOST-SETUP), the firm innovates cocoa into Cocoa Butter and Cocoa Powder.

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Photo of the rice-mongo based complementary foods

The Department of Science and Technology-Misamis Occidental turned over project funds to Tangub City to alleviate malnutrition among children in conflict-driven barangays. The ceremonial turned-over was held online on January 27, 2022.

The City Government of Tangub, Misamis Occidental received a total amount of Php 785,135.00 for the roll-out of the DOST-Package for the Improvement of Nutrition of Young Children (PINOY) in the 17 identified far-flung and conflict-driven barangays, namely: Hoyohoy, Owayan, San Antonio, Sicot, Santo Niño, Paiton, Caniangan, Bintana, Taguiet, Baluc, Salimpuno, Banglay, Tituron, Kimat, Bongabong, Matugnao and Simasay.

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Screen capture of the online ceremonial turnover of project funds to LGU Baroy on January 27, 2022

The Local Government Unit of Baroy, also known as the "Clay Town of Lanao del Norte", recently received a project fund amounting to Php 617,300.00 from the Department of Science and Technology-10 (DOST-10) on January 27, 2022, via online conference.

Baroy holds the most clay deposit in terms of volume reserve throughout the province. The project scheme is to provide the Provincial Ceramic Center with value-adding technology to improve efficiency and rate of production in clay pots and bricks through the Science & Technology Innovation from the DOST-Metals Industry Research and Development Center (DOST-MIRDC).

The identified technologies to be deployed are the following: (1) Electric Potter’s Wheel, (2) Jigger and Jolly Machine, (3) Kneading Machine, (4) Extruder with Mouthpieces, and (5) Hand Wheel.

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The Department of Science and Technology-10 (DOST-10) assisted the Typhoon Odette victims in the Caraga region through the provision of Enhanced Nutribuns and other necessities such as clothes, shoes, and canned goods in December 2021 and January 2022.

The Enhanced Nutribun (E-Nutribun) is a food technology by the Department of Science and Technology - Food and Nutrition Research Institute (DOST-FNRI) for supplementary feeding programs during emergencies or calamities.

"The Enhanced Nutribun has more micronutrients like iron and vitamin A. The texture is softer and weighs 160- 165 grams per piece, which is easier for children to hold and bite. Each serving of Enhanced Nutribun weighing 160-165 grams per piece, has 504 calories, 17.8 grams protein, 6.08 milligrams iron, and 244 micrograms vitamin A," said DOST-FNRI.

The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) - 10 through its research and development initiative, allocates Php 2.3M for the conduct of Corn R&D. The ceremonial turnover and project inception meeting was conducted on November 24 and was graced by DOST Regional Director Alfonso P. Alamban. The event was attended by USTP Claveria Chancellor Dr. Renato Arazo, Project leader Dr. Nela Gonzaga, and other stakeholders.

The project, “Improving the Mineral Content of Region 10 Corn Varieties through Location-specific Soil Nutrient Management” aims to identify nutrient management strategies to improve the mineral content of corn varieties in the Region. The project also aims to train 100 farmers on nutrient management for corn and increase corn grain yield by at least 25%. This collaborative project between DOST 10 and USTP Claveria is also aimed to improve the quality of the corn products grown by farmers in Claveria, Misamis Oriental.