ASC-complementary food products, now commercially produced
by Leilani A. Parugrug

      The Complementary Food Products processed in its facility in Payanan, San Gregorio, Luna, Apayao, is now supplying the needs of the Rural Health Unit of Luna, Apayao for their feeding program with their feeding program project with DOST-PINOY since January 18, 2016, in commercial scale.

Initial roll-out with the 1st barangays and municipalities who are consuming the product are expressing good feedback.

To date, the CFP Facility has started producing rice-mongo sesame blend, rice-mongo blend, and rice-mongo curls. The first two products are intended for children 0-36 months of age while the rice mongo curls is for one (1) year old upwards and adults.

The facility at present has the following manpower resources: Ms. Brendalyn Fernando, the production supervisor; Mr. Romy Rigates, the CFP In-charge for equipment operations; Ms. Leilani Parugrug, the CFP In-charge for R & D.

Last May 16-22, 2016, the CFP team hired a machine operator through Mr. Elizer Aguite who assisted Mr. Rigates and Ms Parugrug together with the students enrolled for their OJT under the Bachelor in Technical Teacher Education curriculum.

ASC, as the project implementer and adoptor of the technology in Luzon and is required to roll-out the three complementary food products to work alongside with four other recipients nationwide. Other recipients of the project include Brookeside Kitchen Operator in Palawan; Surigao del Norte; Zamboanga, Sibugay; and Sultan Kudarat State University in Sultan Kudarat province.

The provision of safe and affordable complementary foods nationwide is expected to lower the incidence of malnutrition in the country.

Dr. Nieves A. Dacyon, the College President spearheaded the establishment of the facility and sought the assistance of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) to finance the construction of the building, the Municipal LGU and provincial LGU for the land and engineering works.

The CFP is a convergence project of the Department of Science and Technology and the Apayao State College and the Provincial LGU of Apayao. DOST provided for the equipment and technology, ASC is in-charge of the building, production and roll-out as the adoptor of the project while the provincial LGU and municipal LGU provided the land, engineering assistance and financial support. The implementation of the said project is under the supervision of DOST-CAR and the Food and Nutrition Research Institute (FNRI).

This project generally aims to roll-out the three FNRI developed complementary food technologies in the regions. Specifically, it aims to: introduce affordable and nutritious complementary foods (instant baby food and snack food) using rice blended with mongo and/or sesame by providing the appropriate technologies; facilitate the technology adoption and commercialization of three FNRI-developed complementary food technologies namely rice-mongo curls, rice-mongo instant baby food blend, and rice-mongo-sesame baby food blend especially in areas where technology is not widely available; and to strengthen the partnership of DOST, LGUs private sector and other institutions in the implementation of the project in five (5) regions.

Meanwhile, Complementary Foods are non-breast milk foods or nutritive liquids that are given to young children that are readily consumed and digested by the young child. This provides additional nutrition to meet all the growing child's needs.

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