PDI Nutri bun May 2022San Jose -- Nutribun, a bread product produced to supply and combat malnutrition in the Philippines, is now to help augment the supply for the children in the Province of Dinagat Islands. This was announced on March 28, 2022, by the Department of Science of Technology (DOST) Caraga region with its goal to help access a supply of available bread in the typhoon-Odette ravaged areas of the region.

Nutribun was developed to tailor-fit and augment local ingredients such as Moringa leaf powder (malanga), squash, banana powder, and eggs. The enhanced Nutri-bun which was launched by the DOST FNRI in June 2021 has a softer texture, weighing 160-165 grams per piece, has 504 calories, 17.8 grams of protein, and 6.08 milligrams of iron, and 244 micrograms of vitamin A.

The comeback of Nutribun is one of the DOST-FNRI’s answers to the call of the Department of Social Welfare and Development’s (DSWD) Memorandum Circular No. 12 Series of 2020, or the Guidelines for the Implementation of the Supplementary Feeding Program During Community Quarantine or Other Similar Emergencies. To establish a facility, the DOST FNRI will do the technology and knowledge transfer to the Province of Dinagat Island.
The agency is coordinating with the Sta. Cruz Fisherfolks Community Workers Association in the Municipality of San Jose for technology and knowledge transfer. The association and its bakery will be the first in the Province of Dinagat Island to operate the facility.

The Regional Nutrition Cluster is very thankful for the initiative of the DOST Regional and Provincial levels and the Provincial Government of Dinagat Islands.

In the Regional Nutrition Cluster meeting, NNC OIC Dr. Nino Archie Labordo mentioned that the facility will not only help many of its children in Dinagat Islands but will also give, an opportunity for employment in the province.

Nutribun production will help feed the children and provide adequate nutrients that are affordable to the many children and households in the Province of Dinagat Island. #RFPareja