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 Local Government Unit of Salay in Misamis Oriental received fund assistance worth PHP 828,572.00 from the Department of Science and Technology Region 10 (DOST-10) for the newly approved project on disaster risk reduction and management on July 15, 2021.

The project is entitled “Utilization of an Efficient Flood Warning Technology with Pressure-Type Water Level Sensor in Brgy. Ili-Ilihon, Salay, Misamis Oriental – D1”.

It aims to promote to reduce the impact of floods, particularly in flood-prone areas such as in Brgy. Ili-Ilihon and Brgy. Matampa through the utilization of efficient monitoring technology and skills training.

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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.

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Ceremonial check turnover with the following representatives (L-R): Iligan City Councilor Jesse Ray N. Balanay, IARPC President Mr. Allan Wynn L. Tamula, Iligan City Vice Mayor Jemar L. Vera Cruz, Iligan City Treasurer Louela S. Maybituin, DOST Lanao del Norte CEST Coordinator Ms. Gerrylou Sweet M. Pia, Office of the Congressman Community Affairs Officer Ms. Armien Alloro and Iligan City CDLO Supervising Cooperative Development Specialist Ms. Lilibeth Razo.

DOST-Lanao del Norte turned over Php 631,160 worth of Banana Processing Technology to Iligan Agri-Rainbow Producers Cooperative (IARPC) through its Community Empowerment thru Science and Technology (CEST) Program on August 5, 2021, via online conference.

IARPC consists of 24 female and 25 male agricultural entrepreneurs in Iligan City. It supports hinterland farmers engaged in coffee, banana, mango, and cacao farming. They saw the demand for their banana crops decrease during the COVID-19 pandemic since banana cue and turon consumers in public schools and public markets are isolating at home.

Ms. Gerrylou Sweet M. Pia, DOST-Lanao del Norte CEST Coordinator, identified the predicament as a value-adding opportunity to produce both the Gluten-Free Banan Flour and Potassium-Riche Banana Peel Fertilizer. The DOST grant consists of a slicing machine, dehydrator, flour mill, chaffing machine, moisture meter, stainless-steel table, and stainless-steel sink with laboratory analysis for the products.

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Ms. Rogelyn C. Calago and PSTD Eufresnie Ann D. Simbajon of DOST Misamis Occidental, Mr. Mark Anthony D. Artigas of LGU-Oroquieta City, Mr. Kenneth Jhester P. Haim and Mr. Johan Pellsäter of OroqCoco.

The Department of Science and Technology-Misamis Occidental continues to support a local cooperative in Misamis Occidental to innovate products made of coconut through science and technology interventions.

Oroquieta City Agricultural Cooperative (OroqCoco) primarily aims to provide work and career opportunities to women so that mothers will not seek employment outside the country since 2018.

OroqCoco allocated almost two years for product development, staff training, the establishment of production techniques, good workflow, and optimization of operations after acquiring knowledge in the manufacture of various innovative products derived from coconut. It started with merely five (5) products, namely, Virgin Coconut Oil (VCO), natural and spiced coconut vinegar, coconut aminos (comparable with soy sauce), and coconut honey.