The DOST SIQUIJOR PSTC handed in packs of nutribun to milk and meat processers in Cangmunag and Catulayan, San Juan, Siquijor on January 11, 2022. As DOST-assisted beneficiaries, the members of the Kababayen-an Alang Sa Paglambo sa Nasudnong Industriya sa Gatas (KAPANIG), Women’s Association Nurturing Development for Economic Recovery (WONDER), and Catulayan Credit Multi-purpose Cooperative (CCMPC) enjoyed the preference in the distribution of the buns as those affected by typhoon Odette.
KAPANIG, an association for producing dairy and milk products, suffered a loss of income as its products had to be dispensed with due to a week-long electric power disruption. Damage was also incurred of the meat processers of WONDER and CCMPC on the same reason.
Engr. Mario E. de la Peña, DOST Siquijor Provincial Director, addressed the beneficiaries with a little brush of humor. “I know most of you are already young once. This nutribun is special because it is made to make you feel younger, and better still, to make you look younger by ten years.”
The sleepy afternoon then turned into a warm exchange of smiles and gratefulness. One member said: “Wala na ko kaayo tango pero makadulot rako ani nga nutribun. Lami og humok siya kan-on. Ma-feel nako nga naa gyud daghan nga gatas gisagol.” (I am losing teeth already but I find this nutribun just perfect for my mouth to masticate. It tastes milky good and is soft.)
(by Jose Aldous R. Arbon II, DOST SIQUIJOr PSTC-IO)