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Republic of the Philippines

DEPARTMENT OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY


DOST Regional Office No. VI
ISO 9001:2008 ISO/IEC 17025:2005

Press Release:
February 03, 2017

Complementary food production facility to aid in combatting malnutrition

A complementary food production facility housed in University of Antique (UA) seeks to help fight the
high incidence of malnutrition in selected areas in the region, more importantly in the province of
Antique.

A collaborative project of UA and the Department of Science and Technology - Food and Nutrition
Research Institute (DOST-
FNRI) and DOST VI, the
facility is geared towards
introducing science-based
interventions to address
malnutrition problem. It
initially produces a ready-
to-cook complementary
food blend branded as
Morise (mongo-rice-
sesame).

Citing the facility as one of


the promising projects in
Antique, DOST VI
Regional Director Rowen
The worker operates the machine in order to produce rice mongo Gelonga discloses,
crunchies. (DOSTVI-LMLamasan) “Fighting malnutrition does
not need to be expensive. It can be solved by using the proper technology in a cost-effective manner.”

Prior to the establishment of the facility, UA initialized a complementary food project when the DOST
implemented the Package for Improvement of Nutrition of Young Children or DOST-PINOY in several
sites in the country. The project delved on the implementation a feeding program to malnourished kids
aged 6-35 months using the complementary food technology developed by the DOST-FNRI.
Complementary foods are found to be promising to infants as jump start to their household diet. The
results of the study showed significant improvement in the nutritional status of the children.

In 2013 and 2015, DOST-FNRI provided equipment for the production of rice mongo crunchies, rice
mongo curls, and rice mongo instant baby food blend. Since its full implementation in 2013, the
university has catered to the feeding requirements of the local government units of Antique, Aklan,
Capiz and Iloilo. (DOSTVI-LMLamasan)

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Department of Science and Technology Regional Office No. VI Aklan Provincial Science & Technology Center Capiz Provincial Science & Technology Center Iloilo Provincial Science & Technology Center
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