Community pantry-style distribution of enhanced nutribun ‘possible’, says DOST official

Published May 3, 2021, 11:05 PM

by Charissa Luci-Atienza 

The community pantry-style distribution of enhanced nutribun “is possible”, a top official of the Department of Science and Technology-Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (DOST-PCHRD) said Monday, May 3.

Enhanced Nutribun (Manila Bulletin File Photo)

DOST-PCHRD Executive Director Dr. Jaime C. Montoya cited the readiness of the technology adopters of numerous nutritious food products of the Food and Nutrition Research Institute (DOST-FNRI) to launch such kind of food distribution drive.

“Tingin ko po naman ay posible pong mangyari yan dahil gusto nating makinabang ang ating mga kabayaan at ang ‘yung mga adopters natin ay willing naman po magsagawa ng ganitong pamimigay din [sa] ating kababayan ng nutribun (I think it is possible for that to happen because we want our countrymen to benefit and our adopters are willing to conduct this kind of distribution of nutribun to our people),” he said in a public briefing.

He said the agency has been promoting the technology on the production of enhanced nutribun among the local government units (LGUs) and food manufacturing companies so that the FNRI’s food products will be available to all Filipinos.

“Dahil gusto natin na sustainable ito , hindi lang po sa pantry kundi talagang papalaganapin pa ang teknolohiya na ito para ito ay maadopt ng ating local governments at ating mga pribadong manufacturer para ito po maipalaganap at maging available sa lahat (Because we want it to be sustainable, not only in the pantry but also to actually promote this technology so that it can be adopted by our local governments and our private manufacturers so that it can be disseminated and available to everyone),” Montoya said.

In the last quarter of 2020, the DOST-FNRI announced that entrepreneurs can avail the technology of the enhanced nutribun free of charge as long as they are technically-capable to produce it commercially.

The DOST-FNRI officially launched last week its newly developed enhanced nutribun carrot variant.

DOST-FNRI Director Dr. Imelda Angeles-Agdeppa said the tight supply and higher price of squash prodded them to develop the nutribun carrot variant, which is equally as nutritious as the enhanced nutribun squash variant.

The round-shaped enhanced carrot nutribun is a bread with natural fiber and has no artificial flavor and color.

“It provides energy, protein, vitamin A, iron, calcium, potassium, and zinc in significant quantities recommended for young children. It has zero trans-fatty acids (or trans-fats) and has no cholesterol,” the DOST-FNRI said.

The FNRI’s first variant of nutribun is that with squash.

The Institute also disclosed that the development of the enhanced nutribun kamote (sweet potato) variant “is in the pipeline.”