Construction of complementary food processing facility in Catanduanes to be completed by March 2022

The construction of a complementary food processing facility in Catanduanes is being eyed to be completed by “end of March 2022,” the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) said Friday, Nov. 12.

DOST Secretary Fortunato “Boy” T. de la Peña (PCOO/MANILA BULLETIN FILE)

DOST Secretary Fortunato “Boy” T. de la Peña announced that the facility will be established in Catanduanes State University (CSU)-Panganiban Campus with the support of DOST-V and DOST-Food and Nutrition Research Institute (FNRI).

“As part of the advocacy to combat malnutrition in the region, DOST-V partnered with the Catanduanes State University (CSU) in the establishment of Complementary Food Processing Facility at the CSU - Panganiban Campus,” he said during his weekly report on Friday.

“The facility intends to roll out the implementation of complementary food production to priority communities in the province with its banner name DOST PINOY (Package for the Improvement of Nutrition of Young Children),” de la Peña said.

He said the food processing facility includes technology adoption of complementary food for provision of production equipment and technical assistance, and advocacy campaign through nutrition education.

The facility will not only house the equipment from the DOST-FNRI, but will also serve as the production center.

“It is expected to be completed by end of March 2022,” the DOST chief said.

The facility will benefit the CSU-Panganiban Campus, particularly its students who are taking food related courses and who are planning to start a business.