SALAY, MIS. OR, Jan. 31—the local government is set to implement DOST- PINOY Malnutrition Reduction Porgram as Barangay Health Workers and Barangay Nutrition Scholars finished their 2-day training workshop led by the DOST-Food and Nutrition Research Institute (FNRI), January 30-31, 2019.

Under DOST PINOY (Package for the Improvement of Nutrition of Young Children), 144 identified malnourished children in Salay aged 6 months to 3 years old will undergo a supplementary feeding program for 120 days (twice a day for 4 months), receiving FNRI-DOST developed complementary food blends  and snack curls. Mothers and guardians will undergo nutrition education on basic nutrition, breastfeeding, complementary feeding, meal planning, safe food handling preparation, and backyard vegetable garden—all in place to free children from malnutrition and equip mothers/caregivers in raising healthy, thriving children.

“It is best to tackle malnutrition because it is the root problem of all underlying issues in the community,” says Dr. Elijah C Mateo, Municipal Health Officer.  

According to FNRI, children who are underweight have slow growth and development, they are sickly, and performing poorly in school.

The DOST-PINOY program, under the Health and Nutrition Enhancement component, is one of the 7 CEST Projects in Salay approved by the Department of Science and Technology Region 10-PSTC Misamis Oriental.  It has an approved budget of Php324,620.00 to purchase DOST-FNRI’s complementary food blends that include Rice-mongo based commodities rich in energy and protein for one cycle program implementation.

The National Economic Development Authority has certified the malnutrition reduction program such as DOST-PINOY in their National Priority Plan.

Salay is the third municipality in Region 10 with a DOST-PINOY program rollout.

“Bihira lang kami nakakakita ng mga LGUs na talagang sumusuporta sa programa ng health and nutrition, kaya nagpapasalamat kami sa Salay sa ipinakita ninyong pagsuporta,” says Ms. Jane Jasmine F Sune of FNRI.
(We rarely see LGUs who are all out in supporting health and nutrition programs, that’s why we are thankful to Salay for their full support)

Mayor Jun also announced that he will increase the honorarium of BHWs and BNS from Php300 to Php500 this year and reminded them that he will closely monitor the progress of the program. Mayor Jun said the LGU is willing to counterpart from its own funds to reach more children in the locality, especially if there are still cases of malnutrition.

The LGU aims to raise a healthy citizenry by supporting programs that promote the health and well being of its people. It remains on top of the agenda of the Local Chief Executive’s administration knowing that a healthy citizenry is the community’s greatest asset towards productivity and economic development.

The beginning of it all: LGU Salay and DOST 10-PSTC strategic planning and workshop for CEST Projects. September 26-27, 2017.
7 CEST Projects (Community Empowerment Through Science and Technology) in Salay were approved. MOA Briefing and Signing at DOST 10-PSTC, Sept. 21, 2018.
Photo: (left to right) Budget Officer and CEST Focal Person, Ms Emma C. Baluyos, Mayor Angelo G. Capistrano, Jr. DOST 10-PSTC Provincial Director, Engr. Junelyn-Louvena B. Ruiz, Municipal Accountant Ms Elbima Marie T. Tan and DOST 10-PSTC personnel Ms Mary Claire Estoque.
7 CEST Projects on areas of Health and Nutrition, Human Resource and Development, Disaster Risk Reduction Management, Climate Change Adaptation, and Livelihood.
Funds Turnover to LGU Salay from DOST 10-PSTC worth Php324,620.00 for the Malnutrition Reduction Program, November 12, 2018, Salay, Misamis Oriental.
Photo op with project beneficiaries and DOST 10-PSTC during the Funds Turnover on
November 12, 2018, Salay, Misamis Oriental.
DOST-FNRI Team Courtesy Call: (left to right) Ms. Jane Jasmine F Sune, Ms. Josefina T. Gonzales, Ms. Regina M Pagaspas, Mayor Angelo G Capistrano, Jr., MHO Dr. Elijah C Mateo, CEST focal person Ms. Emma C Baluyos, and MNAO Ms January Rose V Lagdamin, January 28, 2019, at the Mayor’s Office, LGU Salay.
Advocacy meeting with 18 Barangay representatives, Mayor Jun and the FNRI team,
January 29, 2019, Salay, Misamis Oriental.
Day 1: DOST PINOY Training workshop of BHW and BNS,
Jan. 30, 2018.
Day 1: DOST PINOY Training workshop of BHW and BNS, Jan. 30, 2018,
Day 2: Ms Josie Gonzales demonstrates how to prepare the complementary food blend. Jan. 31, 2018,
Mayor Jun encourages all participants to work hand in hand to eliminate malnutrition and assures the full support of the LGU on the entire program of DOST-PINOY.
Photo opportunity with the resource speakers from FNRI concluding the 2-day training workshop.
45 BHWS and BNS from the 18 barangays completed the 2-day training workshop from FNRI and will soon launch DOST-PINOY in their respective barangays.