Food processing in Siquijor gets DOST-SETUP funding

SIQUIJOR, May 29 (PIA) — The Peryang’s Food Products in Barangay Tongo, Siquijor, Siquijor has received P179,000 funding assistance from the Department of Science and Techonology (DOST) to improve its "peanut turon" processing technology.

Under the agency’s Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program (Set-up), funding aims to increase productivity of Peryang’s Food Products which is owned and managed by Porferia Tangcay.

Science and Techhnology interventions include introduction of peanut turon processing technology and assistance in complying with food safety and GMP requirements Provincial Science and Technology Director Mario de la Pena said Peryang’s Food Products has pledged to extend their full cooperation for effective and efficient implementation of the project as stipulated in the Memorandum of Agreement.

The MOA signing and funding release were done at the Provincial Science and Technology Center (PSTC) in Siquijor, Siquijor.

CVCHRD - Herdin Seminar

CVCHRD - Herdin Seminar

Nutritional Guidelines for Filipinos revised


Organized by the Food and Nutrition Research Institute of the Department of Science and Technology (FNRI-DOST), an inter-agency and multi-disciplinary technical working group revised the Nutritional Guidelines for Filipinos (NGF) in 2012. 

Last updated in 2000, the new NGF was approved by the National Nutrition Council (NNC) Governing Board through Resolution Number 6, Series of 2012 during its October 31, 2012 meeting.

The revision was in response to the changes in the nutrition situation of the country, as reported by the FNRI’s 2008 and 2011 survey results, and in lieu of new nutrition information and related interventions to address malnutrition, the NNC recently stated in its website.

FNRI-DOST accorded GEMS recognition


The Regional Office for the Western Pacific of the World Health Organization (WHO) under the United Nations (UN) recently recognized the Food and Nutrition Research Institute of the Department of Science and Technology (FNRI-DOST) as the Philippine government’s designated national institution to participate in the work of the WHO Global Environment Monitoring System (GEMS), particularly on the Food Contamination Monitoring and Assessment Programme (CMAP).

The recognition stemmed from a communication sent to the Philippine government through the Department of Health by Dr. Shin Young-soo, WHO Regional Director for the Western Pacific, proposing FNRI’s membership to the GEMS Food Network.

Furnished with the WHO’s letter is Dr. Ruby J. Apilado, Senior Science Research Specialist of the FNRI’s Food Research Development Group, who is the officer-in- charge of the Food Quality and Safety Section.

DOST Strengthens R&D Capabilities with IBM Supercomputer - IBM’s Blue Gene to enable improved weather prediction


Mandaluyong City, Philippines - 16 May 2013: The Department of Science and Technology (DOST), the University of the Philippines (UP) and IBM announced today, that the world-renowned IBM Blue Gene supercomputer has been chosen to support the Philippine government’s priority R&D projects focused on reducing poverty, improving government processes and tools and enabling smarter weather management, as based on the National Economic Development Authority’s Medium Term Development Plan.  A priority initiative around weather prediction will be the pilot project to use the IBM Blue Gene supercomputer as its platform.

A milestone among government-private-academe endeavors, the supercomputer soon to arrive in the country will provide high performance computing capabilities to help develop practical solutions to address the country’s basic problems.  The IBM Blue Gene supercomputer is set to be the platform for select R&D projects that are aligned with the country’s strategic growth initiative to advance poverty alleviation; transparency in the government; rapid, inclusive and sustained economic growth; peace and order and environment and climate change mitigation.

“This is a direct result from the agreement between the DOST and IBM in May 2012, to jointly build a Philippine Systems and Technology R&D Lab to help accelerate national economic growth,” said Mariels Almeda Winhoffer, President and Country General Manager, IBM Philippines.  “It is IBM’s response to President Aquino’s call for help to support research and development projects to enable transformation and progress in the country.  The IBM Blue Gene supercomputer is our concrete contribution to advance R&D initiatives in the country.”


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