The Enhanced Nutribun (e-nutribun) technology of the Department of Science and Technology-Food and Nutrition Research Institute (DOST-FNRI) was adopted by a firm in Palawan known for offering healthy food options in the province.
Palawan Adventist Health Products becomes the newest adopter of the e-nutribun technology as announced by DOST-MIMAROPA in a statement on Wednesday, May 12.
After a virtual site visit at the facility, DOST-FNRI been found that the firm was an eligible adopter of the technology. This led to its inclusion in the roster of the Batch 7 of the Enhanced Nutribun adopters.
The DOST-FNRI provided virtual training for the firm before it was finally awarded the production license in March 2021.
Since then, the Palawan Adventist Health Products has been supplying e-nutribun for the school-based feeding programs in the entire province under the “Oplan Kalusugan” of the Department of Education – Palawan (DepEd-Palawan).
So far, the firm has already produced 150,000 pieces of e-nutribun.
“It is indeed beneficial that we adopted the technology since it helps us promote our advocacy of healthy eating,” said Palawan Adventist Health Product Industries Manager Ellen Mae Velasco.
Velasco said that the e-nutribun not only brings sales and profit but also “fulfills our mission of sharing God’s love through healing by serving nutrient-dense foods to the undernourished children in the province.” The firm also expressed gratitude to DOST-MIMAROPA and DOST-FNRI for their unwavering support in the adoption of the new technology.
“We look forward to more years of partnership in improving the health and nutritional status of every Palaweño,” Velasco added – noting that the firm is looking forward to adopting more food technologies from the DOST-FNRI.
The e-nutribun, DOST-FNRI explained, is an “improved and reformulated version of the Nutribun distributed during the ‘70s.” The product contains more micronutrients necessary to meet the nutrient requirements for children and the texture is made softer.
Each serving of e-nutribun, weighing 160-165 grams per piece, has 504 calories and is enriched with 17.8 grams of protein, 6.08 milligrams of iron, and 244 micrograms of vitamin A. It has zero trans-fat and cholesterol.
DOST-FNRI noted that ongoing coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic has “aggravated issues in food security, malnutrition, and hunger in the country.” Given this, the agency noted that e-nutribun aims to help individuals – most especially children – meet their required nutritional needs.
It was developed in response to the call of the Department of Social Welfare and Development’s (DSWD) Memorandum Circular No. 12 Series of 2020, or the Guidelines in the Implementation of the Supplementary Feeding Program During Community Quarantine or Other Similar Emergencies.
The first firm commercially producing the newly developed food technology in the province is St. Yves Bakeshop in Puerto Princesa City.
Caption The adopted Enhanced Nutribun technology and nutritional label placed in DepEd’s School-based Feeding Program developed by DOST-FNRI.