NOW SERVING IN MT. PROVINCE. (From left: DOST Provincial S&T Director for Mt. Province Alfonso Berto, E-Nutribun adoptor Tadian Marie June Bakeshop’s Malou Quiño and Milagros Caridad Obedoza, and PSTC-Mt. Province staff Michelle Edpis).

21 June 2021

Tadian, Mt. Province—DOST-CAR successfully rolled-out the enhanced nutribun (E-Nutribun) squash variant for the supplemental feeding program of the government for children through technology adoptor Tadian Marie June Bakeshop, a beneficiary of the DOST-Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program (SETUP).

With the help of the DOST- Food and Nutrition Research Institute (FNRI), the third E-Nutribun adoptor in CAR is expected to start its production in June 2021, having recently u ndergone the required assessment and training as well as completion of requirements on the standards and protocol to produce the E-Nutribun. It can be recalled that Mila’s Bakeshop and Canteen, and VFM Food Products, SETUP-assisted firms in Ifugao and Apayao, respectively, also adopted the production of E-Nutribun.

The E-nutribun is a bread made specially to help growing Filipino children get the nutrients they need. The squash variant is rich in fiber, energy, protein, calcium, potassium, iron, zinc and vitamin A and also has no trans-fat, cholesterol, artificial flavor, or food coloring.

This product is one of those currently being used by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in its feeding programs. Further, the DSWD in a 2020 circular, encouraged local government units (LGU) to use DOST-FNRI-developed products along with healthy and nutritious family food packs and sustainable food source during community quarantine.

Based on the DOST-FNRI’s Rapid Nutrition Assessment Survey conducted between November and December in 2020, only 11.9 percent of children aged 12 and below have participated in supplemental feeding programs — which was lower compared with the 21.6-percent participation of the targeted beneficiaries based on FNRI’s Expanded National Nutrition Survey.

DOST-CAR, through its Technology Transfer and Commercialization Program aims to enhance the productivity of micro, small, and medium-scale enterprises (MSMEs) from various sectors such as food processing at the same time to ensure the application of science-based processes and technological innovations through technical assistance. With this, DOST-CAR calls on entrepreneurs to continue working together in view not only of the economic opportunities for technology adoptors but also to spur livelihood opportunities for local vegetable farmers in the production and marketing of the E-Nutribun.

To date, there are 80 licensed adoptors of E-Nutribun across the country since it was launched in July last year.// Christian Robert Sandoval