Curbing malnutrition: Food lab opened in Daanbantayan

CTU Daanbantayan campus is ready to serve the fourth district with community-based food products under its primary project “Malnutrition Reduction Program,” in partnership with the Department of Science and Technology (DOST)– Complementary Food Production Facility (CFPF)- Food and Nutrition Research Institute (FNRI).

Malnutrition is a common problem of  many countries, and Philippines is no exception. In fact the United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef) reported in 2019 the factors such as lack of essential nutrients in food items that led to the phenomenon.

Although the municipality is not one of the province’s top four areas that experience severe malnutrition, the undertaking can be seen as a way of putting food security in place, benefitting   the majority most especially the children.

Initiated by Director Sutero Macabudbud Jr.  of CTU Daanbantayan campus and   DTI-Shared Service Facility (DTI-SSF) Director Jezza Maureen Coyoca, the laboratory opened on June 26th. Going in the same direction as Unicef, the facility targets alleviating living conditions through providing proper nourishment to the people.

It is also expected to boost production activities in the province, in line with standard operating procedures as per the regional safety measures set by the agency.

As of late, schedules for training and demonstration of the equipment have been moved due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The laboratory  is CTU’s third food innovation center next to those in Tuburan and Tabogon campuses. They serve the university’s purpose of innovating food products toward survival, drawing support from the LGUs and government agencies./ICPA Daanbantayan/Nikkithea Beduya