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What’s in your calendar?

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If you are looking at the 2011 Menu Guide Calendar of the Food and Nutrition Research Institute of the Department of Science and Technology (FNRI-DOST), there’s a lot to refer to other than dates.


The FNRI Menu Guide Calendar is a simple yet timely and evidence-based nutrition tool for the whole family.


The FNRI Menu Guide Calendar features a compilation of 12 monthly seven-day cycle menus to help plan meals on a daily basis and for special occasions.


This feature saves you from repeatedly serving dishes that family members eventually grow tired of.


Would you be excited with new recipes featuring carbohydrate-rich foods like rootcrops and tubers and corn for energetic kids?


Aside from being nutritious, you also get a peek at how the dishes look when you cook them. We have colorful and appetizing pictures to set the tone for a pleasurable eating. 


Imagine the twelve new additions to your repertoire of dishes and the many “oohs” and “aahs” when you serve them to your loved ones…Wow!


Try our soups: Gabi gisado con mais and Shrimp veggie, as well as entrées and appetizers:  Kamote-potato combo and Sunshine salad. Sample our snacks and desserts: Fruity oatmeal, Golden kamote roll, Kamote buchi surprise, Gabi-pinipig mold, Mais-kamote espesyal, Creamy potato flan and Ubelicious.


            Don’t know how to cook? Worry no more! Our recipes employ procedures that are simple and easy to follow, use locally available ingredients, and tell you the number of servings and the nutritive value.

This way, you need not guess if you have enough food for all. Just double or triple the recipes when catering to a number of people. Moreover, they are affordable.


For the calorie-conscious, the estimated energy and nutrient content of each serving of the dish will guide you how much you need to eat. Eat more, if you are catching up on your weight and take less, if you are trying to lose some.

The theme of this year’s calendar is “Meeting the energy needs of the family through the consumption of rootcrops and corn”.

 If you are still hungry for more nutrition information, read through the calendar articles to savor the nutritional and health benefits of rootcrops and corn, and be guided on their selection and preparation.


So, what’s in your calendar?


For more information on food and nutrition, contact: Dr. Mario V. Capanzana, Director, Food and Nutrition Research Institute, Department of Science and Technology, General Santos Avenue, Bicutan, Taguig City; Tel/Fax Num:8372934 and 8373164; email: mvc@fnri.dost.gov.ph, mar_v_c@yahoo.com; FNRI-DOST website: http://www.fnri.dost.gov.ph. FNRI-DOST S & T Media Service: Press Release – MARIETTA M. BUMANGLAG



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July 11, 2011 at 9:48 pm

Breastfeeding – pinakamainam kay baby at mommy!

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Walang makatatalo sa gatas ng ina para sa kalusugan ng mga sanggol.

Ayon sa mga dalubhasa, ang gatas ng ina ang pinakamasustansiyang pagkain para kay baby.

Kayang ibigay ng gatas ng ina ang lahat ng sustansiyang kailangan ng sanggol sa unang anim na buwan ng kanyang buhay, ayon pa rin sa mga eksperto.

Taglay ng breastmilk ang mga sustansiyang kailangan ni baby sa tamang proporsyon at dami ng sustansiyang kinakailangan ng sanggol sa unang anim na buwan ng kanyang buhay.

Ito ay madaling matunaw at ma-absorb ng sanggol at hindi din ito nagdudulot ng allergy.

Ang gatas ng ina ay malinis at laging available sa tamang temperatura, kaya ang sanggol ay hindi makakaranas ng pagtatae o diarrhea.

Ang pagpapasuso o breastfeeding ay masasabing magandang karanasan ng isang babae.

Sa pagpapasuso ay lalong napapalapit ang anak sa ina dahil damang-dama ng sanggol ang init ng pagmamahal na nagmumula sa dibdib ng ina.

Ang pagpapasuso ay napakahalaga dahil ito ay maalwan o magaan para sa ina at sanggol, walang gastos, hindi na kailangang maghugas at mag-sterilize ng mga bote at tsupon at hindi na paghihintayin nang matagal si baby para makasuso.
Hindi na rin kailangang bumangon sa gabi para ipagtimpla ng gatas ang anak dahil ang gatas ng ina ay instant at laging available kahit anong oras.

Para sa ina, nakatutulong ang pagpapasuso upang maibalik sa normal na laki ang kanyang matris.

Ang tuloy-tuloy na pagpapasuso o iyong madalas at walang patlang na pagpasuso sa loob ng unang anim na buwan at mahigit pa dito ay makakatutulong rin sa pag-iwas sa agarang pagbubuntis ng ina.

Ang pagpapasuso ay nakapagpapababa din ng posibilidad na magkaroon ng breast cancer ang isang ina.

Kaya’t halina, ating hikayatin ang lahat ng kababaihang buntis at balak magbuntis na piliing ibigay ang gatas ng ina sa kanilang mga sanggol.

Tandaan, ang pagpapasuso ang isa sa pinakamahalagang kilos upang mapangalagaan ang mga bata laban sa malnutrisyon.

Ayon sa pangalawang mensahe ng Gabay sa Wastong Nutrisyon o Nutritional Guidelines for Filipinos na binalangkas sa pamumuno ng Food and Nutrition Research Institute ng Department of Science and Technology (FNRI-DOST), “Pasusuhin ang sanggol ng gatas ng ina laman mula pagkasilang hanggang anim na buwan at saka bigyan ng mga angkop na pagkain habang pinapasuso pa.”

Para sa karagdagang impormasyon tungkol sa pagkain at nutrisyon, lumiham o tumawag kay Dr. Mario V. Capanzana, Director, Food and Nutrition Research Institute-DOST, Bicutan, Taguig, Metro Manila, Tel. No. 837 2934 or 837 2071 loc. 2287, email: mvc@fnri.dost.gov.ph, website: http://www.fnri.dost.gov.ph. FNRI-DOST S & T Media Service: Press Release – DIVORAH V. AGUILA

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July 11, 2011 at 9:44 pm

6 HS vie for Best Innovative Practices in Managing Large Classes

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Six high schools from different provinces in the Philippines vie for being the first two schools to have the Best Innovative Practices in Managing Large and Extra Large Classes in teaching science and mathematics.


Andres Bonifacio Integrated School in Mandaluyong City, Bacong National High School in Zamboanga del Norte, Looc National High School in Rizal, and San Isidro National High School in Makati City will battle out in being the best school in managing large classes. Classes with students numbering from 50 to 70 are categorized as large classes.


Las Pinas East National High School goes head to head with Navotas National High School in becoming the best school in managing extra large classes.  Classes with more than 71 students qualify as extra large.


All six schools will be awarded P100,000 to implement the proposals in managing large and extra large classes they submitted to the Department of Science and Technology-Science Education Institute (DOST-SEI).  The schools were awarded P50,000 during the proposal congress held at the William G. Padolina Hall of DOST-SEI and the remaining P50,000 will be given at the start of the third quarter. After two quarters, the students subjected to the implementation of the innovation will be assessed to determine the effectiveness of the innovation.


The six schools were culled from 35 public and private high schools which submitted proposals on how they intend to innovate their practices in teaching science and mathematics.


Dr. Filma G. Brawner, Director of DOST-SEI, said she is optimistic that the search will bring about the creativity and innovativeness from the school administrators and the teachers in managing large classes.


“Arresting the problem of large and extra large classes does not rest in providing more classrooms alone but also coming up with innovative ways in teaching, especially in science and mathematics,” she said.


Classroom to pupil’s ratio in high schools in the Philippines bleeds to 1:54, as per Department of Education data.


Brawner expressed optimism that through the Search for Innovative Practices in Managing Large Classes, schools will be able to improve the quality of teaching and learning science and mathematics in public and private high schools with class sizes of more than 50 students.


We want our teachers to be inspired in creating and applying innovative practices, sustain school-community support in managing efficiently and effectively the varied digital and non-digital learning resource environment, and share collaboratively with the school and community the use of best practices in teaching and learning science and mathematics in public and private secondary schools,” she said.


The two winning schools in the Large Class and Extra Large Class categories will each receive additional P100,000 and a plaque of recognition as prizes to help improve further their large class teaching practices. -30- Mark Ivan Roblas, SEI S&TMedia Service


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July 8, 2011 at 10:40 am

Bicutan school kids get science treats

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The National Research Council of the Philippines (NRCP) will launch the 2011 NRCP for KIDS project with the theme “Teaching and Learning through Digital Media” on July 18, 2011 9:00AM at the NRCP Auditorium, DOST Compound, Bicutan, Taguig City. Pupils from the seven elementary schools nearby DOST will be the main benefactors of this project, namely Upper Bicutan, Daang Hari, Bagong Tanyag, R.P. Cruz,Sr., C.P. Sta. Teresa. C.P. Tinga, and Eusebio C. Santos elementary schools. The event will run from July 18 to July 25, 2011.

NRCP’s opening salvo will showcase various in-house exhibits of S&T Careers.

In attendance will be DOST Secretary Mario G. Montejo, AGHAM Partylist Representative Angelo B. Palmones, Taguig Mayor Laarni L. Cayetano, NRCP officials and Governing Board members, Philippine Science High School Diliman Campus representatives, and Department of Education (DepEd) representative, school teachers and principals from beneficiary schools.

This is the second year that NRCP focused its NSTW activities to children. Last year, it held the NRCP for KIDS Storytelling in which school kids learned the importance of caring for the environment to mitigate the worsening state of global warming and climate change.

“This year’s project will focus on ‘transferring’ the modern teaching technique of PSHS teachers to the students and teachers of the participating elementary schools,” said NRCP- Research and Information Dissemination Division Chief Alicia Mercado.

The modern teaching technique, which involves using digital media, will be shared by the volunteer teachers from the PSHS Diliman Campus to the participants composed of 40 elementary teachers and 540 students from all grade levels.

DOST Secretary Montejo is very enthusiastic about this project as it responds to President Aquino’s commitment towards poverty reduction and empowerment of the poor and vulnerable, which is spelled out in EO 43 or commonly known as ‘Key Result Areas of Social Contract.” -30- Jona M. Bernal, STII S&T Media Service

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July 8, 2011 at 10:38 am


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Nasa larawan mula sa kaliwa sina Boy Cruz, (nakatayo)Mike Balaguer, Teresa Alpha Reyes, Raffy Rico, Cathy Cruz, Annabelle Surara, Miguel Vertudazo, Veron Hernandez, Wally Villamejor at Nora Gamolo. Mula naman sa kaliwa (nakaupo) sina Gerald Lazaro, Rommel San Pascual, BSWM Dr. Rene Ramat, Mrs. Manzano at si DA retired Agriculturist at may-ari ng MELTGER Manufacturing Company INC. Mr. Tobias B. Manzano sa ginanap na press conference hinggil sa kanyang tuklas na produktong 100% pure GMAX Mangosteen capsule at ang MaMa’s Malunggay capsule na gamot sa iba’t ibang karamdaman at sakit sa katawan na ginanap  kamakailan sa isang sikat na restaurant sa Quezon City. CATHY CRUZ/ RAFFY RICO (Larawan ni JIMMY CAMBA)

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July 8, 2011 at 8:45 am

BSWM makes tree planting regular activity

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The Bureau of Soils and Water Management (BSWM) of the Department of Agriculture (DA) will widen its tree planting activities this year, since trees play an important role in rejuvenating watershed areas which are necessary in creating efficient farming areas, and stopping desertification and drought.


During the celebration of Soil Conservation Month for the year 2011, BSWM Executive Director Silvino Tejada said that the agency will make tree planting a regular activity.


            This year’s celebration coincided with the celebration of the “world day” to combat desertification with the theme “Forest Keep Dryland Working”.


            “The objective of the theme is to create awareness to the general public, policy makers and the international community to the increasing danger brought about by desertification, land degradation and drought,” Tejada said.


            To commemorate Soil Conservation Month, BSWM personnel led by Tejada conducted a tree planting activity at Mt. Balagbag, Barangay San Isidro, San Jose del Monte-Macabod, Rodriguez, Rizal.


“One of the most effective ways to fight desertification is to plant trees, and more people should do their part in this endeavour,” Tejada said.


BSWM’s pronouncement to widen its tree planting activity nationwide and make it a year-long program shows tree planting has become an indispensible element in rejuvenating the environment, and demonstrates the agency’s vital role in soil and water conservation to achieve food security.


To ensure success in this continuing program, Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala thru a memorandum instructed all head attached agencies and field offices of the DA to undertake relevant activities that will support this year’s theme “Enrich our Forests and Conserve Our Soils,” which coincides with the declaration of the year 2011 as the “National Year Of the Forests”.


“Breathing is basic in life. In breathing, we need oxygen and the oxygen comes from the trees. Without the trees, there would be no life on this planet, “Tejada said. -30- Veron Hernandez

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July 8, 2011 at 8:09 am

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NASA larawan si Undersecretary for Field Operations ng Department of Agrarian Reform habang kinakapanayan ng mga media tungkol sa isasagawang aksyon ng nasabing ahensya sa naging desisyon ng Korte Suprema sa isyu ng Hacienda Luisita.  


Bago pa man humarap ang nasabing opisyal ay nagpahayag nang hindi muna sila magbibigay ng anumang komento dahil hindi pa nila natatanggap ang sinasabing desisyon at kautusan.


Subalit inaasahan na agad ding maghaharap ang Legal Affairs at ang Solicitor General tungkol sa mga implikasyon ng desisyon ng Kataas-taasang Hukuman.


Pagtitiyak nila na kaagad silang maglalabas ng anunsyo sa kaukulang aksiyon ng kanilang ahensya at tinitiyak nilang magiging patas at ‘transparent’ sa magkaparehong panig.


Ayon kay USEC Nieto, sakaling ang kautusan ng korte ay ‘final and executory’ sa pagsasagawa ng ‘referendum’ sa mga magsasaka sa Luisita ay kanilang isasakatuparan ngunit ito ay dapat munang nakaayon sa suhestiyon ng OSG.


Pagliliwanag pa rin ni Nieto na kailanman sa panahon ng kanyang panunungkulan ay hindi nakialam ang Pangulo sa desisyon ng mga kaso sa kanilang ahensya. Cathy Cruz, PSciJourn Mega Manila

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July 6, 2011 at 10:42 am

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SA ginanap na Communication and News Exchange Forum sa Philippine Information Agency kamakailan, binanggit ni NFA Administrator Angelito T. Banayo na mas maganda kung ang prebadong sector ang magsasagawa ng importasyon ng bigas dahil ang mga ito ang mas may kakayahan pagdating sa pamumuhunan.


Ayon kay Banayo ang National Food Authority ay binuo anim (6) na araw matapos ideklara ang Martial Law ng dating Pangulong Ferdinand Marcos batay sa Presidential Decree No. 4 September 26, 1972 na dating National Grains Authority (NGA). 


Ayon sa NFA Adminitrator taong 1972 hanggang 2000 ay 12.9 Bilyong piso lamang ang pagkakautang ng NFA.  Subalit sa buwan ng Enero 20, 2001 sa pag-upo ng administrayong Arroyo ay lumaki ito ng halos 50% o halagang 18.2 Bilyon, Lumobo umano ito ng halos 177 Bilyong piso.


Dagdag pa ni Banayo , gumawa sila ng hakbang para masulusyunan ang problema sa pinansiyal at hindi tamang pamamalakad sa NFA, Kinailangan pa umano nilang kumuha ng pribadong sector na magtutustos sa pampinansiyal na pangangailangan ng ahensya at upang masimulan na ang pagsasagawa ng ‘Auditing’ ang CommIssion on Audit. Sinasabi sa huling talaan na ang pagkakautang ng NFA ngayong  buwang ng Hunyo  2011 ay 154 Bilyong piso na lamang.


Sinasabi ni Banayo na mas maganda kung ang magsasagawa ng importasyon ng bigas ay ang pribadong sector, upang hindi na umano si Juan Dela Cruz ang may pagkakautang sa bangko o sa alin mang Financial Institution. Dagdag pa ni Banayo na mas kaya ng pribadong sektor ang mag-angkat ng bigas dahil sila ang may pinansyal na kakayahan.


Nangangamba naman ang publiko sa pasasapribado ng importasyon ng bigas , dahil baka samantalahin na naman ito ng mga kapitalistang mapagsamantala at ganid. Magkaroon na naman umano ng pagkakataon na kontrolin ang presyo ng bigas na siyang lalong magpahirap sa bansa.


Subalit tiniyak naman ni Banayo na babantayan nila ang bawat kilos ng mga negosyanteng mag-iimport dahil kaakibat umano ng kanilang responsibilidad ay ang regulasyon sa presyo ng bigas. RAFFY RICO


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July 6, 2011 at 7:05 am

DAR Statement on the Supreme Court decision on the Hacienda Luisita case

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The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) is, at present, refraining from commenting on the Supreme Court’s decision on the Hacienda Luisita Inc. vs. Presidential Agrarian Reform Council (PARC) case pending DAR’s receipt of the official signed decision and order.


The Office of the Solicitor General and the Department of Agrarian Reform will issue an official statement as soon as they shall have obtained official copies of the main decision and the dissenting opinions of the Supreme Court (SC) in the Hacienda Luisita case, and after they shall have met and carefully studied the implications of the SC decision.


The Legal Affairs Office of the DAR shall be meeting with the Office of the Solicitor General to discuss the implications of the SC decision. The DAR has been preparing for all possible actions regarding the matter and it will proceed in transparent, thorough and fair manner. -30- Director Hugo D. Yonzon III, Public Affiars Staff

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July 6, 2011 at 3:13 am

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P-Noy’s Determined Support for Reproductive Health Shows Strong Leadership Capacity

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The Philippine Legislators’ Committee on Population and Development (PLCPD), The Forum for Family Planning, and the Philippine NGO Council for Population, Health and Welfare take this opportunity of celebrating Year One of Aquino Administration to thank the President for his unflinching support to defend maternal and child health and build strong future for Filipino families.


By consistently and persistently supporting Responsible Parenthood and the Reproductive Health Bill, the country has seen in the last 12 months how a determined and courageous leadership shapes and hastens the policy debate on this important measure.  By lending support to the efforts of civil society advocates and legislators championing the RH Bill inside and outside of Congress, President Aquino has shown his commitment to promote human development.


Despite the heavy, underhanded and at times personal attack of leaders of the Catholic Church hierarchy, the President stood his ground and even took pain in publicly explaining his five principles of Responsible Parenthood. Raised as a good Catholic by his parents, the President has shown his Christian character in siding with the poor on the issue of providing access to reproductive health care, including family planning information and services.


Inasmuch as the advanced state of the RH Bill in the House and the Senate is attributable to the untiring efforts of members of Congress, President Aquino’s contribution is undeniably critical in broadening the support for this measure.  Moreover, the support of the people for this Administration is expressed in many ways through the support of ordinary people in the RH Bill.  Consequently, the critical view of some Catholic bishops on the Aquino administration is due largely to the President’s steadfast position on Responsible Parenthood and the RH Bill.


What the President has started in his Year One in providing support for RH Bill, he must bring to completion immediately in his second year.  Thus, we urge the President, in his courage and forthrightness, to prioritize the RH Bill when he delivers his second State of the Nation Address (SONA) in July.  In so doing, we assure our President of enduring support for his Administration’s mission of delivering better health care and better future to the Filipino people. -30- Ramon San Pascual, PLCPD Executive Director

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July 5, 2011 at 11:41 am

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