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Photo Opportunity with DOST-X, Food and Drug Administration, and Mama Jita herself Ms.Julieta B. Dela Cerna

Mama Jita’s Food Products, owned by Mrs. Julieta Butalid – Dela Cerna and situated in Maslog, Brgy. Balbagon, Mambajao, Camiguin, recently acquired its License to Operate (LTO) certification from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on August 23, 2022.

With the help of the Department of Science and Technology - Camiguin, the firm received the Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program (SETUP) assistance amounting to Php 505,000.00 for the technology upgrading of their tablea production.

True to the program objectives, Mama Jita's Food Products passed the FDA-LTO certification by having a standardized production process and a Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP)-compliant facility.

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DOST-X check turn over LGU-Magsaysay

To initiate steps in developing a disaster-ready and equipped municipality, the Department of Science and Technology-Misamis Oriental turned over project funds amounting to Php 765,719.40 to the Local Government Unit of Magsaysay on July 27, 2022.

The project aims to capacitate and train identified personnel from LGU-Magsaysay in mapping and data analysis through an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) technology - commonly known as a drone.

The project focuses on specifically using the UAV technology in mapping for disaster management and response, search and rescue, planning, and personnel training on hazard-prone and affected areas in the municipality.

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Check turnover of project funds to LGU-Catarman

The Department of Science and Technology-Camiguin turned over project funds to the Local Government Unit of Catarman, Camiguin to alleviate malnutrition in the community on July 28, 2022, during the municipality's 48th Nutrition Month Culmination.

The funding is under DOST's Community Empowerment thru Science and Technology (CEST) program to improve the nutritional status by 50% among children in 14 identified barangays in Catarman. These barangays are the following: Bonbon, Catibac, Lawigan, Bura, Panghiawan, Mainit, Compol, Liloan, Poblacion, Sto. Niño, Looc, Manduao, Alga, and Tangaro.

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Iron-Fortified Rice final product after the blending process

According to DOST-Food and Nutrition Research Institute’s (FNRI) Seventh National Nutrition Survey (7th NNS) in 2008, Iron Deficiency Anemia (IDA) is still prevalent among four out of 10 and three out of 10 pregnant and lactating women, respectively. Further, according to the survey, IDA also affects two out of 10 children 6months to 5 years old, as well as the six to 12-year-olds. In addition, one out of ten 13- to 19-year-old teens are likewise affected.

With this underlying issue, DOST-FNRI developed the Iron-Fortified Rice (IFR) and Iron Rice Premix (IRP) technologies to help address iron deficiency anemia in the country. Fortifying rice with iron is a strategic nutrition intervention in helping address IDA, because rice is the staple food of most Filipinos.

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DOST project fund turn-over to LGU-Kinoguitan officials

The Department of Science and Technology-Misamis Oriental partnered with the Local Government Unit of Kinoguitan for a project on improving the health and nutritional status of children, pregnant, and lactating women in the municipality.

Through DOST's Community Empowerment thru Science and Technology (CEST) program, the agency turned over project funds amounting to Php 438,809.40 to the LGU. This fund is for the procurement of DOST-Food and Nutrition Research Institute (FNRI)-developed food technologies to alleviate malnutrition in the area.