By: Sarah Hazel d.R. Maranan

The Department of Science and Technology Region IV-A (DOST IV-A) in its strong commitment to contribute to countryside development and poverty alleviation launched its 4th “Community Empowerment thru Science and Technology” (CEST) Program on March 26, 2015 at the Municipal Hall of Magdalena, Laguna.

DOST CEST Program is designed to empower the marginalized sector and to improve the quality of living thru science and technology. Packaged S&T interventions are focused to five (5) entry points: Health and Nutrition, Water and Sanitation, Basic Education and Literacy, Economic Enterprise and Development and Disaster Risk Reduction / Climate Change Mitigation.

The Food and Nutrition Research Institute of the Department of Science and Technology (FNRI-DOST) developed a food bar suitable during emergency to help victims of calamities and disasters like typhoons, floods, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and armed conflicts obtain appropriate nourishment.

The rice crispy bar is made from expanded cereals and flour from legumes and oilseeds which provide energy and adequate protein.

Overview and Rationale

The Department of Science and Technology Region IV-A (DOST IV-A) announces the forthcoming Food Product Innovation Contest 2015 which is open to all students and research professionals from State Universities and Colleges (SUCs), private Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) and government research institutions in the CALABARZON region. Its purpose is to promote innovative thinking among students and professionals in developing emergency food products with the application of the principles of food science and technology.

In the Philippines, undernutrition is persistent among infants and young children. There is also an emerging prevalence of obesity or overnutrition among adolescents and adults. This co- existence of under-and overnutrition is referred to as the double burden malnutrition.

Moreover, the Philippines is among the countries with the highest incidence of non-communicable diet-related diseases like diabetes and cardiovascular diseases.

By: Sarah Hazel d.R. Maranan

The Provincial Science and Technology Center (PSTC) Batangas of the Department of Science and Technology Region IV-A (DOST IV-A) holds the first ever Stakeholders’ Forum in CALABARZON with the theme “Improving Lives and Transforming Communities through S&T” on February 12, 2015 at Batangas State University Main Campus I, Batangas City. More than 40 stakeholders from the government sector, academe, Persons with Disabilities (PWDs), media and business sector actively participated and shared their inputs for the betterment of the services rendered by PSTC Batangas.