By: John Maico M. Hernandez
To commence Tubig Talino’s production, Bago Ibaan Multipurpose Cooperative’s (BIMPC) engaged its workers to a Technology Transfer Training facilitated by FNRI-DOST in collaboration with DOST Batangas for knowledge and skills generation held at BIMPC’s New Fresh Water Refilling Station Facility, Brgy. Bago, Ibaan, Batangas, May 10-11.
The implementation of the Tubig Talino Technology for BIMPC is a Grants-in-Aid project of DOST CALABARZON PSTC Batangas which aims to contribute to government’s efforts in addressing the incidence of micronutrient deficiency in the country and eventually help increase the performance of the school children.
Ms. Trinidad II Arcangel and Ms. Abbie Padrones of FNRI-DOST served as the speakers during the training. Preparation of the tubig talino premix was the top-most priority of the discussion. Titration, also known as titrimetry which is a common laboratory method of quantitative chemical analysis used to determine the unknown concentration of an identified analyte, was also taught to participants to analyze whether they have reach the significant amount of iodine required in producing a tubig talino premix which will be then subjected to third party laboratory analysis. Fraction of premix required in the preparation of the iodine-rich drinking water was also stressed out to the participants.
Tubig talino technology entails a lot of importance to people and to our fast-changing society. This Iodine fortification of drinking water is a big boost to the government’s iodine deficiency disorder (IDD) control program since water, as the nutrient vehicle, is a basic need consumed daily. Thus, this is proven to help meet the recommended dietary allowance (RDA) of a male adult, according to DOST-FNRI.
Five (5) glasses a day of iodine-rich drinking water provides 120 micrograms of iodine which meets 100% of the recommended dietary allowance (RDA) of a male adult, according to DOST-FNRI. Moreover, studies show that iodine prevents goiter, mental and physical retardation, and brain defects, and also contributes to the solution of iodine deficiency anemia problems among the populace especially the children.
Meanwhile, a forum on Tubig Talino Technology will be conducted for school principals and students in Bago, Ibaan and its neighboring localities this June 2018. The forum will be used as a platform in raising awareness among participants the relevance of Tubig Talino in the existing micronutrient deficiency prevalence and shall also serve as the promotional strategy of the cooperative in marketing their product.