“Many of you are already aware that the DOST-FNRI has been working hard to provide new variants of the Enhanced Nutribun since 2020. We may candidly think that just as the COVID-19 rapidly evolves to new variants, so has the Enhanced Nutribun.”
This is part of the inspirational message of Sec. Fortunato T. de la Peña, Secretary of Department of Science and Technology (DOST), during the Launching of Enhanced Nutribun Orange and Purple Sweet Potato Variants: “OooPs… may bagong variants ng Enhanced Nutribun! Orange and Purple Sweetpotato naman!” on February 16, 2022 via Zoom.
The event served as a call to all entrepreneurs, prospective technology licensees and other stakeholders to continue the fight against malnutrition while simultaneously generates livelihood.
Dr. Imelda Angeles-Agdeppa, Director IV and Scientist II of the Department of Science and Technology – Food and Nutrition Research Institute (DOST-FNRI), emphasized in her message the nutritional benefits of the enhanced nutribun orange and purple sweetpotato variants. She ended her message with a statement, “Let us do this together, support each other, collaborate, and inspire each other to touch lives and help improve the health and quality of lives of our young children and bring science for the people through sound and innovative technologies!”.
An audiovisual presentation was played that gave the participants a glimpse of the new enhanced nutribun variants. After this, Sec. Fortunato T. de la Peña gave his inspirational message. In his message, Sec. de la Peña stressed that “… the Enhanced Nutribun variants provide economic opportunities to our local farmers, displaced workers, and enterprises through raw material supply for production and distribution.”
Messages were also given by Dr. Rowena Cristina L. Guevara, DOST Undersecretary for Research and Development, Dr. Renato U. Solidum, Jr., DOST Undersecretary for Scientific and Technical Services, Engr. Sancho A. Mabborang, DOST Undersecretary for Regional Operations, and Dr. Nancy A. Bantog, DOST-Cordillera Administrative Region Regional Director.
Honorable Karlo Alexei B. Nograles, Cabinet Secretary, gave a message of support. Part of his message that delighted the participants was “Alam natin na ang gulay ay hindi gusto ng mga bata. But with the Enhanced Nutribun variants available now, we have made vegetable consumption easy and a much enjoyable experience. My kids and I have tasted these enhanced nutribun and we can personally say that they are delicious and happy to have these as part of our meals. Wink! Wink!”
Potential licensees of the new Enhanced Nutribun variants from Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao also delivered their messages and commitment. The potential licensees were Mr. Valentino T. Vicerra of VFM Food Products, Ms. Jaira Marie Y. Jegonia of Waffle Time Inc., Ms. Anna Paula S. Chiong of Mama Nene’s Homemade Delights, and Ms. Mary Ann M. Montemayor of Villa Margarita Catering Services.
This was followed by the most anticipated part of the event, the official launching of the Enhanced Nutribun orange and purple sweetpotato variants.
Dr. Anthony P. Calibo, DOST-FNRI Deputy Director, gave the closing remarks.
In his closing remarks, Dr. Calibo assured the technology licensees that “Makakaasa kayo na kami sa DOSTFNRI at mga DOST regional offices ay laging nandito upang tulungan kayo.” He concluded his message with “Nawa’y sa mga bagong variants na ito ng Enhanced Nutribun ay mabago na natin ang persepsyon na ang nangangamote ay mahina ang pag-iisip, mabagal at laging huli. Dahil ang kamote o sweetpotato ay puno ng sustansya."
The launching was attended by 386 entrepreneurs, prospective technology licensees, academe, government, non-government organization, media partners and other stakeholders.
To be one of the technology licensees of enhanced nutribun orange and purple sweetpotato variants, send a letter of intent to DOST-FNRI. Stay tuned for other announcements on our social media platforms for more updates!