By Leandria Pagunsan
DUMAGUETE CITY (PIA) — Undernutrition remains to be a public health problem. The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) introduces the DOST PINOY intervention with the goal to reduce the prevalence of undernutrition among targeted underweight 6-35 months old children in the country.
The program aims to implement 120 feeding days of complementary foods of Rice-Mongo instant blend which is rich in protein and energy as well as conduct nutrition education for the mothers/caregivers using the DOST Pinoy modules.
The current target of intervention on children aside from complementary feeding include breastfeeding and supplementary feeding.
The Department of Health (DOH) to implement the feeding program for young children aging 0-35 months old; Department of Social Welfare & Development (DSWD) for 3-5 years old and Department of Education (DepEd) for children 6-12 years old.
In 2011 the DOST PINOY was field tested in four provinces with the highest prevalence of malnutrition among 0-5 years old. The program then gave positive results in contributing to the reduction of underweight children aging 6-35 months old.
In 2012 the DOST PINOY under the Malnutrition Reduction Program was rolled-out nationwide thus, FNRI-DOST established and strengthened public and private partnerhips to sustain the implementation of DOST PINOY and provided technical assistance to its community workers.
In Negros Oriental, DOST in collaboration with the Bayawan City LGU has established the rice-mongo processing plant located in barangay Nangka which was inaugurated in January 2015.
The food processing plant is run by the Nangka Farmers Association and will be operational soon after the FNRI will conduct training on the nutrition education aspect and the basic requirements in running the food processing plant as a business establishment which is scheduled on March 25-26 this year.
With this development, the province can can now avail of a cheaper rice-mongo blend at P5.00/pack for their supplemental feeding program for young children.(mbcn/lpp/PIA-7/Negros Oriental/this article was first published at PIA Website on Feb. 26, 2015)