8 GIDAs to benefit from DOST-FNRI’s food production facilities

Published March 25, 2021, 4:15 PM

by Charissa Luci-Atienza 

Eight geographically isolated and disadvantaged areas (GIDAs) have been identified as  priority areas for the operation of the Department of Science and Technology – Food and Nutrition Research Institute’s  (FNRI) Complementary Food Production Facilities (CFPFs). 


The DOST-FNRI announced that the eight GIDAs, which recorded “persistent malnutrition among infants and young children”, are expected to benefit from operation of CFPFs. 

“These  include  the Ifugao  State  University  (IFSU) in  the Cordillera  Administrative Region  (CAR); Odiongan, Romblon; Alabel,  Sarangani; Sulu  State  College  (SSC); Zamboanga del Norte; Lanao del Norte; Catanduanes; and Tawi-Tawi,” it said in a atetement. 

A complementary food processing facility was already constructed in Ifugao, Romblon, Sarangani and Sulu. 

“The  said eight (8) GIDAS  are  the  priority  areas  of  the  Department  of  Science  and Technology’s Food and Nutrition Research Institute (DOST-FNRI) due to persistent malnutrition among infants and young children,” the FNRI said. 

Based on the Expanded  National  Nutrition  Survey  (ENNS) conducted by the DOST-FNRI in 2019,  three  out  of  10  Filipino  children  under five years  old  are  stunted,  while  two  out  of  10 are underweight.   

The institute noted that the GIDAs have also been identified as the priority areas of the Philippine Plan of Action for Nutrition (PPAN) for 2017-2022. 

“The  Malnutrition  Reduction  Program  (MRP),  an  integrated  intervention  strategy involving   nutrition   education   and   technology   transfer   of   complementary   food technologies of the DOST-FNRI, has yet to be implemented in these areas,’ it said. 

The FNRI said under MRP,  DOST  regional  and  provincial  offices joined hands with local government units (LGUs), entrepreneurs, academe and other organizations in implementing nutrition programs. 

 Through   technology   transfer,   qualified   beneficiaries   are   provided   production equipment  and  license  to  produce  and  commercialize  DOST-FNRI  complementary food blends and snack foods in their respective communities, it said. 

The   DOST-FNRI said it has been extending technical   assistance  for the construction and operation of  the proposed CFPFs.

“Aside  from  the  establishment  of  CFPFs, the Package  for  the Improvement  of Nutrition of Young  Children or  the  DOST-PINOY will  be implemented  in  these areas,” the institute said.   

 The DOST-PINOY seeks to benefit the Barangay  Health Workers  (BHWs)  and  Barangay  Nutrition  Scholars  (BNSs) as they are given nutrition  education  on  basic  nutrition, breastfeeding,  complementary  feeding,  meal  planning,  safe  food  handling  and preparation, and backyard vegetable gardening.   

“These  trainings  and  seminars  help  in  enhancing  their  knowledge  and  skills  to effectively and efficiently implement the program in their localities,” the FNRI said. 

It noted that the setting up of the CFPFs and the conduct of DOST-PINOY in priority areas are some of  DOST-FNRI’s science-based  intervention  programs  in  combating malnutrition,  not  only  in  GIDAs, but all over the country.