The National Academy of Science and Technology, Philippines (NAST PHL) held the Roundtable Discussion on Demographic Dividend and Employment on November 24, at Hotel Jen Manila. The RTD was organized by the Social Sciences Division (SSD) through Academician Arsenio M. Balisacan, focal person of the RTD and the government’s Socioeconomic Planning Secretary and Director General of the National Economic and Development Authority.

The Nutritional Guidelines for Filipinos (NGF) is a set of dietary guidelines based on the eating pattern, lifestyle, and health status of Filipinos.

The NGF contains all the nutrition messages to healthy living for all age groups from infants to adults, pregnant and lactating women, and the elderly.

The first NGF released in 1990 was composed of five messages called “Dietary Guidelines for Filipinos.”

By: Ma. Lotuslei P. Dimagiba 

The Regional Standards and Testing Laboratory (RSTL) for chemical testing of the Department of Science and Technology Region IV-A (DOST IV-A) had the first surveillance visit of its Chemical Laboratory last April 21, 2015 after the second renewal of its ISO 17025:2005 accreditation on 11 June 2014. A team from the Philippine Accreditation Bureau (PAB), formerly known as Philippine Accreditation Office, conducted the audit to assess DOST IV-A’s chemical testing laboratory. The audit team was composed of Ms. Perla F. Baje (Team Leader); Ms. Mercia V. Magsakay (Team Member) both from PAB; and Ms. Maria Soledad L. Distor (Technical Assessor) of System Technology Institute.

The Food and Nutrition Research Institute of the Department of Science and Technology (FNRI-DOST), in its continuing effort in addressing malnutrition, developed a technology for making affordable nutritious snacks for children.

Complementary foods, according to the FNRI-DOST, are foods or liquids other than breastmilk fed to young children.

These foods address mothers’ concerns on how to feed their babies six months old and onward when their nutritional needs are rapidly increasing.

By: Chaira Faye Ferran

Los Baños, Laguna – The Department of Science and Technology IV-A (DOST IV-A) launched its first ever Food Innovation Contest last November 9, 2015.

According to Dr. Alexander Madrigal the contest was organized in response to the challenges of modern era and its hostile environment. Philippines, as a tropical country in the Pacific, is visited by approximately 20 typhoons each year. Thus, preparing foods which are easy to prepare, distribute, and consume are of high demand. “Product innovation coupled with packaging and food safety processes is what we need,” he added.