Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental, January 18 – The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) here in Negros Oriental turned over and distributed enhanced nutribuns as relief packs to Odette-stricken areas and CEST communities.
As to date, a total of 3,300 pieces of enhanced nutribuns were distributed to the communities of Sitio Calango in Zamboanguita, Barangay Janayjanay in San Jose, Olympia Island in Bais City, the Municipality of Bindoy and the Municipality of Manjuyod. The Municipality of Mabinay is set to receive 2,100 pcs enhanced nutribuns next week.
“DOST Negros Oriental is donating enhanced nutribuns as a humble contribution to the response efforts of the local government units especially the mitigation of hunger and malnutrition among the heavily-affected families,” said Atty. Gilbert R. Arbon, Provincial S&T Director of DOST Negros Oriental.
PSTD Atty. Arbon stressed that these areas are either ELCAC-identified barangays or are part of the Community Empowerment Thru Science and Technology (CEST) Program of DOST.
Residents of Janayjanay in San Jose expressed their gratitude when DOST Negros Oriental headed by PSTD Atty. Arbon together with NORSU CEST Team headed by Dr. Nicanor Guilbert Atillo distributed enhanced nutribuns.
“Daghang salamat sa taga DOST sa inyong gipadangat kanamo. Padayon ang among pagpasalamat nga diin wala’y hunong ang inyong paglantaw ug pag-atiman kanamo nga bisan pa sa among nahimutangan nga ania kami sa ibabawng bahin….pero sagihapon inyo kaming nakita nga ang among pagkinabuhi nagkinahanglan usab ug tabang gikan kaninyo…daghang salamat DOST”, said a grateful Mr. Eduardo Pegarum, President of Janayjanay Farmers Association.
Punong Barangay Gretch Catubig of Panciao, Manjuyod is also thankful to DOST IV-A thru DOST Negros Oriental for giving them ehnaced nutribuns.
The Municipality of Bindoy through Mayor Ike Amorganda expressed his gratitude to DOST for the relief packs of enhanced nutribuns.
“Una sa tanan, akong gipasalamatan ang taga-DOST sa ilang gihatag nga enhanced nutribuns para sa mga nabiktima sa Bagyong Odette diri sa Bindoy especially katong mga lugar nga dako kaayo ug damages….among gi-extend ang among pasalamat sa DOST…nga nagahatag sila’g higayon nga mo-share sa enhanced nutribuns diri sa Bindoy ug in behalf sa mga tagaan niini, magpasalamat ta dili lang sa DOST ug labaw sa tanan sa Ginoo nga gilugwayan ang atong mga kinabuhi…gitagaan ta ug higayon nga maka-recover ug makatindog…daghang salamat sa Head sa DOST Negros Oriental Sir Gilbert Arbon ug sa iyang mga kauban diha sa DOST…God bless you all”, said Hon. Amorganda.
The DOST Regional Office in CALABARZON also donated 2,000 pcs of enhanced nutribun to DOST VII – 1,000 pcs of these were given to the Municipality of Manjuyod while the remaining 1,000 pcs were distributed in Siquijor.
The Centrol Office of DOST downloaded funds to DOST VII so enhanced nutribuns can be given as relief packs to affected communities in Central Visayas. Aside from Negros Oriental, other provinces in Central Visayas received enhanced nutribuns as well.
To note, the enhanced nutribun is a special bread developed by the Food and Nutrition Research Institute (FNRI) of the Department of Science and Technology to combat malnutrition. The said bun is rich in vitamin A, a nutrient that is commonly lacking in the regular meal of Filipinos especially children. The said bun has more micronutrients like iron. Each serving has 504 calories, 17.8 grams of protein, 6.08 milligrams of iron and 244 micrograms of vitamin A. These buns are perfect as relief goods during calamities as these can be directly distributed and will last for 7 days from the date of manufacture. (Engr. Reinhold Jek Y. Abing, Science Research Specialist II/S&T Media Service – DOST Negros Oriental)