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By: Diane Z. Ulan

DOST-CALABARZON, in its unwavering quest to promote science, technology, and innovation in the region, has supported the Department of Education CALABARZON’s school-based feeding program. DOST-CALABARZON will be providing more than 50,000 packs of enhanced nutribun and more than 50,000 packs of rice-mongo crunchies to the student beneficiaries of Pitogo and Unisan, Quezon. There are more than 3,000 students who will receive these food items during the feeding period.

This partnership between the two agencies began with a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed early this year. The Memorandum signified the pursuit of the two agencies to provide healthy and nutritious meals for school children through the provision of DOST-Food and Nutrition Research Institute-developed Enhanced Nutribun and Rice-Mongo Crunchies.

Currently, LGUs Pitogo and Unisan, Quezon are beneficiaries of the DOST Community Empowerment thru Science & Technology (CEST) Program and are also included in the list of priority areas of the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) on Zero Hunger.

On October 25, 2021, Ms. Precious Monedera and Mr. Rommel Abuyan from the Provincial S&T Center of Quezon led the turnover of the first batches of enhanced nutribun and rice-mongo crunchies to DepEd Quezon. They were warmly welcomed in Poctol Elementary School, Pitogo, Quezon and Unisan Central Elementary School, Unisan, Quezon. The enhanced nutribun will be supplied by the licensed and trained technology adopters in Quezon namely Pecto’s Bakery in Lucban, Mauban Training for Livelihood and Development and Training Center in Mauban, and Office of Congresswoman Angelina D.L. Tan thru  Four K Kakao Farm in Gumaca. On the other hand, the rice-mongo crunchies will be supplied by the Samahan ng mga Inang Gabay at Lakas ng Aktibong Komunidad (SIGLA), E. Zobel Foundation, Inc., Calatagan, Batangas, a GIA-Community Based Project beneficiary in Batangas.