The Department of Science and Technology-Food and Nutrition Research Institute (DOST-FNRI) stood proud in this year’s gathering of the country’s best and brightest scientific minds as the PDRI 2015: Philippine Dietary Reference Intakes bagged the 2019 Outstanding Book Award given by the National Academy of Science and Technology, Philippines (NAST PHL). NAST PHL conferred the award on the second day of the 41st Annual Scientific Meeting (ASM), July 11, 2019, at the EDSA Shangri-La Hotel in Ortigas, Mandaluyong City, in the presence of National Scientists, Academicians, several up-and-coming scientists, and top science administrators and movers in the country.
Authored by the DOST-FNRI Technical Working Group (TWG), the winning book is the result of a five-year review and updating of the 2002 Recommended Energy and Nutrient Intakes (RENI) for Filipinos. Widely regarded as the standard reference for the nutrition, dietetic, and allied health professions, the RENI 2002 has been the primary source of information on nutrient based dietary standards for healthy population in the country. Responding to the expansion of scientific knowledge about dietary standard-setting and its applications, the DOST-FNRI has updated what used to be known as RENI and renamed it to PDRI. This new set of dietary standards was established by a committee of the country’s reputable nutrition and health experts. The PDRI reflects the current state of scientific knowledge with respect to energy and nutrient requirements of various life stage and sex groups.
The winning authors of the PDRI 2015 book received a cash prize of Php25,000 and a custom-made plaque. Among those who personally received the award were Engr. Rosemarie Garcia (representing the DOST-FNRI Director Dr. Mario Capanzana), members of the PDRI Committee Dr. Rodolfo Florentino and Dr. Juliet Sio-Aguilar, who was also one of the editors, and some members of the TWG, namely, Dr. Rosario Sagum, Amster Fei Baquiran, Melissa Borlagdan, Carl Vincent Cabanilla, Glen Melvin Gironella, Marilou Madrid, Juanita Marcos, Consuelo Orense, Ma. Jovina Sandoval, Michael Serafico, and Dr. Phoebe Trio.
A new feather in DOST-FNRI’s cap The DOST-FNRI welcomes this prestigious award with much pride, as it affirms the Institute’s award-winning tradition in book and scientific paper publishing. It could be recalled that the RENI 2002 received a similar recognition more than a decade ago. The DOST-FNRI has also been recently recognized by NAST PHL as the DOST agency with one of the most, if not the most, number of international scientific paper publications for several years in a row.
According to its official website, the NAST PHL bestows the Outstanding Book Awards annually to books and monographs adjudged to be outstanding in a particular scientific field on the basis of the quality and originality of their content, contribution to science and technology, clarity of presentation, and thoroughness of documentation. Nominations may be made by editors of journals and publications, heads of scientific societies and organizations, or individual researchers. The nominated books or monographs must be published by Filipino publishers based in the Philippines within five years preceding the award.
What’s inside the PDRI 2015? The book contains the most updated and multi-level reference values for the intakes of energy and nutrients by healthy Filipinos. Unlike RENI 2002, it features four reference values to meet the need of users for appropriate standards for various uses and applications. These are: the Estimated Average Requirement, the Recommended Energy or Nutrient Intake, the Adequate Intake, and the Tolerable Upper Intake Level or Upper Limit. Along with the PDRI values, this book presents recommendations for the reduction of chronic disease risk for some nutrients or dietary components of concern.
As Dr. Capanzana noted, “DOST-FNRI has a long history of defining the nation’s nutritional status and providing sound guidance to policy makers and the public about the application of nutrition and food sciences to improve the health and nutritional well-being of Filipinos. The latter function is best exemplified by the periodic issuance of nutrient based dietary standards, which together with food-based dietary guidelines provide evidence-based judgment on the relationships among nutrient and food intakes, maintenance of health, and disease prevention, in the context of Philippine population.”
The PDRI 2015: Philippine Dietary Reference Intakes is published by DOST-FNRI. Its paperback edition is available for sale at the FNRI Library for 400 pesos each. Dietitians, community nutritionists, nutrition educators, nutritionists working in government agencies, undergraduate and postgraduate nutrition students, as well as other health professionals, will find it an invaluable resource.