Fulfilling its mission to provide innovative technologies to fight malnutrition, the Department of Science and Technology Proyektong Agham at Teknolohiya led by DOST Secretary Fortunato T. dela Peña launched Nutri-Kart in University of Antique, January 19.

The Nutri-Kart is movable food cart enterprise which will sell healthy snacks made of local products in Antique to reduce consumption of junk foods in schools.

One of this products is the Morise or mongo-rice-sesame, a complementary food blend which is produced in the Technology Livelihood Resource Center and Complementary Food Production Facility (TLRC/ CFPF), UA’s special project in cooperation with DOST Package for Young Children.

“The department offers trainings, consultancy and technology upgrading by advancing funds for the purchase of equipment,” dela Peña said during his speech.

He furthered that the different departments, in particular the DOST, are diverting their efforts towards the directives of the president.

“The four items in the 10-point agenda of the president which relates directly to science and technology includes the improvement of the value change in rural areas or value added to their local products, improvement of the competitiveness of enterprise in the whole country in terms of human resources and technology systems, and promotion of science, technology and the culture arts to enhance innovative capacity, ” DOST Sec. dela Peña said.

 With the presence of UA president Dr. Victor E. Navarra and DOST regional director Rowen Gelonag, dela Peña also led the inauguration of the TLRC/CFPF.

Likewise, DOST also turned over Rxbox, Starbooks, and OneExpert to their respective beneficiaries.