The complementary feeding program of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) in Jabonga, Agusan del Norte helped decrease the incidence of malnutrition, according to a study.
The study, tied up with a 120-day complementary feeding program, was conducted by DOST’s Food and Nutrition Research Institute (FNRI).
Based on the study, the incidence of malnutrition in Jabonga went down, from a high of 74 percent to 34 percent.
This feeding program is a project implemented in partnership with the Municipality of Jabonga and the Municipal Social Welfare and Development office.
“As part of DOST’s commitment to help curb malnutrition in the country, we have developed the complementary food technology through the FNRI several years ago with extensive research using readily available raw materials like rice and monggo,” said DOST Secretary Mario G. Montejo.
The DOST-FNRI developed and rolled out three kinds of complementary foods, namely: the Rice-Mongo Curls, the Rice-Mongo Baby Food Blend (Instant) and the Rice-Monggo with Sesame.
The first batch of the Jabonga project had two sets of participants who started in April and October 2014. Set A had 73 while Set B had 15 participating children. After 30 days of implementation, 33 of the 73 children achieved the normal weight status for Set A and eight of 15 children achieved normal weight status for Set B. Then when the 120-day period ended, 69 out of 73 were declared with normal weight for Set A and all 15 declared with normal weight for Set B.
This complementary feeding program of the DOST-FNRI is now being replicated in other towns and municipalities in the province as well as in the nearby province of Surigao del Norte, and other regions in the country with significant malnutrition problem.