4.10.2016

Friday, April 8, 2016

COMELEC, PNP hold peace covenant signing for SAFE 2016, candidates’ forum

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, April 8 (PIA) – The Commission on Election (COMELEC) Agusan del Norte, in coordination with the Philippine National Police (PNP) and Philippine Information Agency (PIA) Caraga successfully conducted the Peace Covenant Signing for Secure and Fair Elections (SAFE) 2016 and Candidates’ Forum held on Friday at the provincial capitol covered court, this city.

In his message, PSupt Rudy Cuyop bared that the PNP and other partner stakeholders have been working hand in hand to ensure a secure and fair election this May 2016 by conducting various activities in the different municipalities of the province.

"May this activity help the people know better the candidates and be able to decide and choose wisely this coming election," Cuyop remarked.

Col. Cresente Maligmat, deputy brigade commander of 401st Brigade, Philippine Army stressed that everyone has its role to ensure a safe and fair election in May 2016. "The AFP with the PNP and other agencies concerned will continue to protect the welfare of the people and we are hoping for the full support and cooperation of everyone," he said.

Provincial Election Supervisor Atty. Ernie Palanan led the reading of the Pledge of Commitment - Peace Covenant before all the candidates in Agusan del Norte to ensure a secure and fair election in May 2016. He personally approached all the present candidates during the forum and reminded them of their responsibility especially in the coming May 9, 2016 elections. All the candidates and stakeholders then signed in the Peace Covenant tarp.

Right after the Signing of Peace Covenant for SAFE 2016, an ecumenical prayer was offered by the different religious sector for all the candidates, law enforcement agencies and voters.

Also, in the spirit of sportsmanship and fairness, the political candidates in attendance actively responded to each question they personally drawn for them to relay in the crowd their specific answers/solutions. Election officer of Buenavista, Agusan del Norte Faith Tranquilan acted as the moderator.

Meanwhile, the said forum was aired live and can still be viewed via PIA Caraga’s Youtube channel. (JPG/VLG/PIA-Caraga)


News Feature: FNRI-DOST launches Pinggang Pinoy for different population groups

By Ma. Idelia G. Gloriosa

The Food and Nutrition Research Institute of the Department of Science and Technology (FNRI-DOST) launched the Pinggang Pinoy  for the different population groups during the 61st Anniversary and Annual Convention of  the Nutritionist-Dietitians’ Association of the Philippines (NDAP).

The launching was held on February 24, 2016 during the NDAP fellowship night at the Royal Garden Hall Convention Center, General Luna Street, Iloilo City.

The first Pinggang Pinoy food guide developed by the FNRI-DOST was the Pinggang Pinoy for Filipino adults. Since individual’s energy and nutrient needs vary based on age and sex and level of physical activity, Pinggang Pinoy food guides for the different population and physiologic groups (children, adolescents, elderly, pregnant mother, and lactating women) were also developed.

Pinggang Pinoy is a new and easy-to-understand food guide that uses a familiar food plate model to convey the right food group proportions on a per-meal basis. This will help Filipinos acquire healthy eating habits needed to attain optimum nutrition.

The guide shows the recommended proportion by food group, Go, Grow and Glow on per meal basis. By just looking at the plate, one will know right away that half of the plate represents Glow foods consisting of fruits and vegetables. One sixth of the plate shows proportion for Grow foods such as meats, eggs, poultry, fish, beans and legumes. One third of the plate is Go foods like rice, corn, bread, oatmeal, bread and rootcrops.

During the launching, Dr. Milflor S. Gonzales, Supervising Science Research Specialist of the FNRI-DOST, served as the emcee-moderator. Ms. Jovina A. Sandoval, Science Research Specialist II of the Nutrition Research Development Group, discussed overview of the Pinggang Pinoy. To thoroughly explain what Pinggang Pinoy is, a short video presentation on the development and technical content of Pinggang Pinoy was shown. This was followed by unveiling of Pinggang Pinoy for various age groups by FNRI Director Mario V. Capanzana and NDAP President Adela Jamorabo-Ruiz.

Around 300 sets of Pinggang Pinoy brochures were distributed among the participants. For those who did not receive the Pinggang Pinoy brochures, copies are available at the FNRI-DOST. Write or call Dr. Mario V. Capanzana, Director, Food and Nutrition Research Institute, Department of Science and Technology, Gen. Santos Avenue, Bicutan, Taguig City,  Metro Manila, Tel./Fax: 8372934, 8373164; FNRI-DOST website: http//www.fnri@dost.gov.ph, email:mar_v_c@yahoo.com, mvc@fnri.dost.gov.ph.

Let the Pinggang Pinoy guide you in achieving healthy and balanced meals daily.

For more information on food and nutrition, contact:  Dr. Mario V. Capanzana, Director, Food and Nutrition Research Institute, Department of Science and Technology, General Santos Avenue, Bicutan, Taguig City; Telephone/ Fax Nos: 837-2934 or 837-3164; Direct Line:839-1839; DOST Trunk Line: 837-2071-82 local 2296 or 2284; e-mail: mvc@fnri.dost.gov.ph or at mar_v_c@yahoo.com; FNRI-DOST website: http://www.fnri.dost.gov.ph.  Like our Facebook page at facebook.com/FNRI.DOST or follow our Twitter account at twitter.com/FNRI_DOST. (FNRI-DOST S&T Media Service/PIA-Caraga)


News Feature: Multiple virtual connectivity through iFNRI website

By Divorah V. Aguila

In a communication initiative to boost ICT-based transformation of governance broadening access to government services, the Food and Nutrition Research Institute of the Department of Science and Technology (FNRI-DOST) recently established a web-based service called iFNRI that serves as an online tool for food and nutrition information.

The website is an authoritative resource for all types of consumers: from policymakers and planners, local government units, food manufacturers, to students, extension workers and even homemakers.

The iFNRI is an umbrella program that develops, integrates and harmonizes the different ICT projects of the Institute.  The ICT-enabled systems, combined with the Institutes’ R&D efforts will provide more solutions to persistent malnutrition, and help improve the lives of the Filipinos.

The iFNRI’s six program components are: iAsses, iServe, iBusiness, iPromote, iLearn and iAdmin.

iAssess creates, administers and provides thorough analysis of anthropometric tests, recipe and menu evaluation online.  Specific ICT projects under this are the Healthy Eating and Lifestyle Practices or HELP, Menu Eval + and the electronic Sensory Evaluation Laboratory Software or Electronic SEL.

iServe makes laboratory processes more automated for efficient and effective workflow.  Specific ICT projects under this are the Philippine FCT or PhilFCT, Food Consumption Database for Dietary Exposure Assessment or the FCD-DEA and the Service Laboratory Integrated Online System or the SL-IOS.

iBusiness enables the Institute to link its internal and external data processing systems more efficiently and flexibly, to work more closely with suppliers and partners.  Specific ICT projects under this are the SL-IOS and the Electronic Technology Transfer and Monitoring Map or eT2M2.

iPromote delivers promotional marketing messages and products to various clients of the Institute.

iLearn helps various clients of the Institute with or without nutrition background by offering numerous types of media platforms to teachers, students and nutrition advocates.  For now, the ICT projects under this are the NutritionSchool.ph, the Healthy Filipino Recipes App and the Sodium Intake Level Test (SALT) Calculator.

iAdmin creates a paperless office to improve productivity, performance and total transparency.  The ICT project under this is the Electronic Procurement or eProcure.

The online resource for nutrition and food information is in line with the FNRI’s mandate of providing relevant technologies and scientific information on food and nutrition. iFNRI intends to facilitate the transfer of technologies from FNRI to health and nutrition program implementers, as well as households and communities, to improve the quality of life of Filipinos.

Over the years, the FNRI’s major accomplishments have included developing and commercializing nutritional food products; conducting periodic, nationwide nutrition surveys; building an analytical food quality and safety assurance system.  Likewise, establishing strategies and programs to address malnutrition, formulating tools, guidelines and standards, and mainstreaming innovative and audience-centered communication strategies and materials to serve the needs of nutrition and nutrition-related workers are commonly crafted.

With iFNRI, Multiple Virtual Connectivity is possible!

For more information on food and nutrition, please contact: Dr. Mario V. Capanzana, Director, Food and Nutrition Research Institute, Department of Science and Technology, Bicutan, Taguig City; trunkline: 837 2071 local 2296 or 2287; telephone/fax no.: 837 3164, email: mvc@fnri.dost.gov.ph or mar_v_c@yahoo.com; website: fnri.dost.gov.ph; Facebook & Twitter: FNRI_DOST. (FNRI-DOST S & T Media Service/PIA-Caraga)