DOST’s E-NUTRIBUN GOES TO BULACAN

CITY OF MALOLOS, BULACAN MAY 7 2021- FOUR (4) container vans consisting of 490,000 pieces of enhanced nutribun bread worth 4.9 Million Pesos will be delivered today here at the Bulacan Provincial Capitol Gymnasium as per order by the DSWD in cooperation with the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office (PSWDO) Bulacan’s DSWD.

According to Dir. Angie Quinones-Parungao, Provincial Science and Technology Officer of Bulacan, Ms. Marie Garcia from the Food and Nutrition Research Institute (FNRI) informed her about the activity and likewise asked them to document it and if possible invite DOST Secretary Fortunato T. de la Pena as he is a proud “Son of Bulacan”.

At the official facebook post of DOST Secretary Fortunato T. de la Peña says that In July 2020, most of us witnessed the virtual launching of the Enhanced Nutribun (E-Nutribun) with squash (kalabasa) and the immediate aggressive nationwide roll-out in the months that followed after.

He further stated that This week, the Department of Science and Technology-Food and Nutrition Research Institute (DOST-FNRI) led by Director Dr. Imelda Angeles-Agdeppa, launched its newest variety: E-Nutribun with carrots!

The E-Nutribun is the improved and reformulated version of the famous nutribun given to public school elementary pupils in the 1970s until the 1980s to help address malnutrition. This new, reformulated version was greatly inspired by Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles in spontaneous talks in between takes of his TV cooking show, Kain na  where DOST-FNRI former Director Mario Capanzana served as a resource person.

In the immediate months that followed, several entrepreneurs expressed their interest in adopting the technology, who then underwent assessments, training and compliance with the standards and protocol in producing and marketing the E-Nutribun.

To date, there are 79 adopters of E-Nutribun in almost all regions of the country.

Secretary de la Pena says that in support to entrepreneurs in the production and marketing of the E-Nutribun have also spurred job opportunities and livelihood for workers in the bakeries of technology adopters, suppliers of bakery supplies, and most importantly for vegetable farmers.

Squash farmers experienced tremendous losses during months of truckloads of unsold harvested squash, drop in prices, and very low demand. Thus, the additional demand for squash from technology adopters of the E-Nutribun is a saving grace to vegetable farmers.

In addition to linking the E-Nutribun adopters to concerned government and private agencies, the DOST-FNRI proactively took the initiative to use another vegetable ingredient that is as nutritious as squash. Thus, the DOST-FNRI once again rigorously labored to formulate another variant of E-Nutribun, this time using carrots.

Carrots, as we all know, is also rich in beta-carotene that is converted by the body to Vitamin A. Vitamin A is responsible for good eyesight, healthy skin and hair, and also helps the body fight infection by boosting the immune system.

With this new variant of E-Nutribun with carrots, existing and potential technology adopters can now have an option when squash is expensive and in limited supply.

The science chief says that there are several technology adopters who already expressed interest in the E-Nutribun with carrots. This, again, will spur additional economic opportunities for our technology adopters, the bakery industry, their workers, and vegetable farmers.

The DOST’s support to technology adopters is embodied in the Department’s Technology Transfer and Commercialization Program, which provides technical and financial assistance to various sectors, including food processing, not only to boost the productivity of micro-, small-, and medium-scale enterprises (MSMEs), but also ensure science-based processes and technological innovations.

For more information on how to adopt the E-Nutribun technology, you may message the DOST Food and Nutrition Research Institute facebook page. (details taken from the official facebook page of DOST Secretary Fortunato T. de la Pena and Dir. Angie Quinones of PSTC Bulacan)///Mj Olvina-Balaguer of DZMJ Online Makabuluhang Jornalismo Your Happiness Channel, 09053611058, maryjaneolvina@gmail.com and konekted@dzmjonline.net  

DOST-SEI holds online exit conference for graduating scholars
 The Department of Science and Technology-Science Education Institute (DOST-SEI) hosted its graduating scholars in a half-day online exit conference last 26 March 2021 to remind them of the true essence of being national science scholars.
 
The event was done online for the first time and was attended by scholars from all over the country. A total of 703 participants composed of graduating undergraduate scholars; guest speakers; university representatives; and DOST officials convened for the activity.
 
The conference, headlined by the theme “Renewing S&T Scholars’ Commitment to the Filipino People in the New Normal,” featured talks from government agencies and notable scholar-graduates to prepare the attendees on what the real life is after graduation.
 
In her welcome remarks, DOST-SEI Director Josette T. Biyo expressed hope that the talks will ignite among the scholars the desire to serve the country and that the service obligation can turn to something they are “willing to do rather than supposed to do.” She likewise congratulated them for their perseverance, consistency, and dedication to reach the milestone. She further assured that DOST-SEI shall continue to root for them in their future endeavors.
 
DOST Secretary Fortunato T. de la Peña, meanwhile, spoke proudly of producing not only experts but also patriotic scholars, noting those who started volunteer initiatives in the COVID-19 relief in their respective regions. 
 
“We’re confident that as DOST scholars, you are sure to leave imprints in your work wherever you may go,” said the DOST chief.
 
In other parts of the program, DOST-SEI reminded the scholars of their scholarship obligations and introduced them as well to local and international Graduate Scholarship opportunities available for those wanting advanced degrees.
 
On the other hand, Department of Education’s (DepEd) Ruby Chanda Crisostomo briefed attendees on DepEd’s Hiring Arrangements pursuant to RA 10612/RA 7687 Scholars, while the Department of Labor and Employment–National Capital Region’s Ryan Roberto delos Reyes described the current labor market and presented insights on job applications in the new normal.
 
Concluding the conference was Dr. Jose Ernie Lope, Batch 1991 DOST-SEI Merit scholar and now professor at the Institute of Mathematics at the University of the Philippines Diliman, who shared his inspiring journey from being a DOST scholar to now being one of the country’s pillars in mathematics education.

Startup gets green light for oyster mushroom production
Riding on the flourishing mushroom cultivation in the Bicol Region since 2016, as evidenced by the arrival of community-based mushroom growers, Maria Bernadette S. Navera decided to establish Exotix Organicum Mushroom Farm, a startup enterprise in the province of Camarines Sur.

Navera’s interest in mushroom started when she was an entrepreneurial management student at the Camarines Sur Polytechnic Colleges. She first conducted a feasibility study on mushroom production as an undergraduate project and found the inherent potential of the business.

Her study revealed that a temperature range of 120-131˚C should be maintained for 2.5 hours to achieve the pressure at 15 pounds per square inch (PSI) and avoid incorrect sterilization which leads to contamination.

According to Navera, mushroom production must also possess a good substrate as a source of energy and nutrition for the strain, reliable spawn, and right temperature, to achieve a successful mushroom cultivation.

“We used a drum and a still air box instead of a pressure cooker and a laminar flow hood, respectively, in producing oyster mushrooms to lower the cost of investment in acquiring equipment,” said Navera.

Furthermore, her study projected a production and harvest of 168 kilograms of mushrooms by using 25 kilograms of substrate per month.

“For the time being, we can distribute a total of 73 kilograms of mushrooms to nine identified clients in Buhi and Iriga City per month,” added Navera.

Found to be feasible when implemented, the Technology Application and Promotion Institute of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST-TAPI) granted a financial assistance of Php 266,108.11 to Navera under the Stage II of the DOST-Academe Technology-Based Enterprise Development (DATBED) Program.

DATBED Stage II provides financial assistance to Stage I beneficiaries who have shown capability to manage their technology-based projects on their own or in Navera’s case, graduates who have conducted feasibility studies that were found to be viable for commercialization.

“With a projected annual gross profit of Php 604,800 and a projected four-year average return-on-investment of 44 percent, we are hopeful that this project will pioneer student technopreneurship in oyster mushroom production,” said Mylene A. Alano, DATBED Program Manager.

For more information on DATBED Stage II Implementing Guidelines, please visit this link: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1LhrgQSF4zxwtpx-ZgxYPN4WBgZGo95Dh/view or email info@tapi.dost.gov.ph. (Jund Rian A. Doringo, DOST-TAPI S&T Media Service)