The Department of Science and Technology – Misamis Occidental (DOST X) took the initiative to donate milk and products from SETUP products for pregnant women in areas severely affected by the economic slowdown due to the COVID 19 pandemic.
DOST X’s initiative addresses the needs of the most vulnerable at risk for contracting the COVID 19 disease such as pregnant women and infants, especially those at Geographically Isolated and Disadvantaged Areas (GIDA) have it worst to meet their basic and essential needs in this time of crisis.
Fifty-five (55) pregnant women from the municipality of Concepcion were the beneficiaries of the maternity powdered-milk products. Teresita Lumantas, Municipal Nutrition Action Officer of the municipality, accepted the donation from DOST-X that were turned over in May to the Misamis Occidental Provincial Government-Provincial Nutrition Committee.
The second wave of DOST-X support followed last June 5 with packs containing Cookies and Otap made from the DOST SETUP-assisted firms. One hundred sixty-two (162) lactating mothers in the same municipality are the recipient of goodies.
The provision of the maternity powdered-milk and SETUP goodies is one way of the DOST-X COVID-19 response initiative to help the most vulnerable groups, such as pregnant and lactating women cope with the impact of the pandemic.
Through this, the essential pregnancy, lactating needs, and balanced diet needs are being achieved by the beneficiaries of the GIDA community to reduce the risk of micronutrient deficiencies.
DOST had also distributed Itik Pinas eggs and ducklings to regions for family livelihood during the pandemic while another DOST SETUP grantee in Davao created immunity boosting drinks for frontliners.
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