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PIA News Service - Sunday, June 3, 2012

DOST Pinoy feeding program now in Quezon

By Chona F. Patalen

MANILA, June 3 (PIA) -- The Food and Nutrition Research Institute of the Department of Science and Technology (FNRI-DOST) has conducted a training-orientation on the DOST PINOY Program, which featured cooking demonstration on preparing the FNRI-developed complementary food on February 3, 2012, at the Quezon Convention Center in Lucena City.

The regional office of DOST in Calabarzon requested the FNRI-DOST for technical assistance in implementing the DOST PINOY program. The provincial government of Quezon, in cooperation with the DOST-4A and the Provincial Science and Technology Center (PSTC) in Quezon, organized the training to help address the persistent problem of malnutrition among children below five years old in the province of Quezon.

According to the seventh National Nutrition Survey by the FNRI-DOST, Quezon has an underweight prevalence of 21.7 percent among children aged five years old and younger, the highest prevalence rate in Region 4A.

The training-orientation was hosted by the Integrated Provincial Health Office (IPHO) of Quezon and the DOST PSTC-Quezon, with resource persons from the FNRI-DOST.

The Nutrition Intervention, Evaluation and Policy Section (NIEPS) of the FNRI-DOST headed by Clarita R. Magsadia, Senior Science Research Specialist, conducted the orientation on the implementation of the DOST-Pinoy nutrition intervention strategy.

The DOST-Pinoy program is a package of nutrition intervention to reduce the prevalence of underweight among six- to 35-month-old children through the 120-day feeding of FNRI-developed complementary food blends.

Magsadia discussed how to plan activities and organize program beneficiaries as well as monitor activities and evaluate program outcomes.

Chona F. Patalen, Science Research Specialist I of the FNRI-DOST discussed the significance of giving complementary foods to infants starting at six months and gave pointers in preparing complementary foods.

Patalen also presented the different FNRI-developed complementary food blends and snack food that have been adopted by the local government unit (LGU) of Atimonan, Quezon which carries the brand name Joemix Infant Supplementary Food Mix.

Complete with hairnet, apron and clean utensils and equipment, the cooking demonstration was facilitated by Rowena V. Viajar, Science Research Specialist I of the FNRI-DOST. Viajar demonstrated the step-by-step procedure in preparing rice-mongo-sesame (RMS) blend, highlighting important tips and the importance of wearing proper attire during the preparation and cooking as well as using clean and safe water, utensils and equipment.

After the cooking demonstration, participants made a return demonstration on cooking RMS added with boiled squash and boiled sweet potato.

The activity was participated in by 32 representatives from the PSTS-Quezon, IPHO and Municipal Health Office composed of nurses, midwives, and Barangay Nutrition Scholars from the Municipalities of San Andres and Polillo, Quezon.

For more information on DOST-Pinoy, you may write or call Dr. Mario V. Capanzana, Director, or Julieta B. Dorado, Project Leader, Food and Nutrition Research Institute, Department of Science and Technology, Gen. Santos Avenue, Bicutan, Taguig City; Telefax: 837-3164; e-mail: mvc@fnri.dost.gov.ph, mar_v_c@yahoo.com. You may also visit the FNRI-DOST website: http://www.fnri.dost.gov.ph. (RER/NCLM/FNRI-DOST S&T Media Service/PIA-Caraga)

Cebuano News: Aquino, mitudlo og bag-ong mga opisyales sa gobyerno

Ni Nida Grace B. Tranquilan

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, June 3 (PIA) -- Si Pangulong Benigno S Aquino III mitudlo ug mga bag-ong opisyales sa nagkalain laing ahensiya sa gobyerno lakip na ang mga Huwes sa “lower courts”, sumala pa sa opisyal sa Palasyo.

Ang pagtudlo gibutyag ni Presidetial Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda atol sa gihimong pagpakighisgut sa dxRB Radyo ng Bayan sa adlaw nga Sabado.

Ang Chief Executive mipirma sa sulat isip pagtudlo kang Janet B. Abuel ug Gil P. Montalbo para sa posisyog “Assistat Secretaries” sa Department of Budget and Management (DBM). Si Abuel maoy hulip kang Ruby V. Alvarez.

Lakip sa presidential appointees ang mga mosunod:

- Nestor Antonio P. Monroy as Acting Director II - the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC), mihulip kang Eleuterio P. Navarro Jr.

- Liberty T. Casco as Deputy Administrator - Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) diin ubos sa pagdumala sa Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE). Si Casco maoy puli kang Noriel P. Devanadera.

- Alfredo G. Tolentino as Undersecretary - Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH). Siya gitudlo sa posisyon ubos sa co-terminus nga estatus.

- Meleda H. Polita as Schools Division Superintendent - Department of Education, isip puli ni Lourdes M. Victoriano. Si Polita ingon man usab gitudlo nga Career Executive Service Officer (CESO) rank VI.

Lakip nga gitudlo usab sila Judge B. Dicdican nga presiding judge sa Danao City (Cebu) Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 25 ug Judge Anna Marie Pace Militante nga presiding judge sa Lapu-lapu City (Cebu) RTC Branch 53.

Usab si Presidente Aquino, miuyon sa nominasyon nila ni Danilo T. Carranza ug ni Francisco C. Mabaso Jr. para mahimong membro sa Board of Director nga morepresentar sa sektor sa mga mag-uuma, United Coconut Planters Bank-Coconut Industry Investment Fund (UCPB-CIIF) Oil Mills Group.

Si Carranza maoy gitudlo para sa Group A: San Pablo Manufacturing Corporation, Southern Luzon Coconut Oil Mill, Inc. ug Legaspi Oil Company, Inc. Samtang si Mabaso sa Group B: Granexport Manufacturing Corporation, Cagayan de Oro Oil Company ug Iligan Coconut Industries Inc.

Ang Chief Executive usab miaprobar sa nominasyon ni Felix G. Ayson nga Hepe sa Aquaculture Department, Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center (SEAFDEC) alang sa duha ka tuig nga termino. (RER/NGBT/PIA-Surigao del Sur)