The Department of Science and Technology XI carried out a food distribution activity in Barangay Mapula, Paquibato District for the Indigenous Peoples (IP) community as part of its mission to build progressive and resilient communities through Community Empowerment through Science and Technology (CEST) program.
DOST XI distributed various DOST-developed food products such as Iron-Fortified Rice, Enhanced Nutribuns, as well as powdered milk to help address iron deficiency anemia and malnutrition, especially in the countryside.
The activity was also in collaboration with the Kinasang’an Foundation, Inc., and Rise Against Hunger Philippines Organization, who donated noodles, rice, and milk for the families.
Robert Guimpolangan, a member of the IP Youth in the community, said that the food distribution activity of the Agency is a significant help to his family of seven, who thrives from selling root vegetables.
“Kani siya na tabang kay dako kaayo sa amoa kay ang among kita sakto lang para makapalit mi ug pamahaw, paniudto, ug panihapon (This is a huge help to us because our income is only enough to buy our daily meals),” he added.
The community leader of Barangay Mapula, Kagawad Alejandro Andales, also expressed gratitude to DOST XI and its partners for remembering their community despite the distance of their community.
“Salamat sa atong gobyerno kay gipakita gid nila ang tabang sa atoang IP Community, arun dili na sila matintal sa malain na buhaton para mangabuhi (We thank the government for showing support to the IP Community so they won’t be tempted to do dishonorable things to survive,” he continued.
Mr. Arnel Rodriguez, Davao City Science and Technology Director, said that the Agency is committed to improving the lives of the people in Davao through the provision of different Science and Technology services. The distribution of DOST-developed food products such as Enhanced Nutribun and Iron-Fortified rice is just one of the interventions under the CEST program.
“This government activity is one of our efforts to bring Science services closer to the people, so we encourage you to value the food you will receive and continue helping each other to uplift your community,” he concluded.
The CEST program aims to empower the poorest and most depressed communities in the country through Science and Technology interventions in the five entry points of health and nutrition, water and sanitation, basic education and literacy, livelihood/economic enterprise development, disaster risk reduction, and climate change adaptation.