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The Food and Nutrition Research Institute of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST-FNRI) in coordination with DepEd-Laguna conducted a simple launching ceremony cum signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for the program entitled Forging Public-Industry-Society Alliance: A Program united for healthy kids on July 19, 2017 at the Lucidel Fishing Resort and Restaurant in Calauan, Laguna.

The launching activity was attended by Dr. Josilyn S. Solana, Schools Division Superintendent – Laguna Province, and five principals namely: Jose M. Evangelista, Principal-Dayap Elementary School (E/S), Loredel C. Gecalao, Principal-Sto. Domingo ES, Maiel A. Luzande, Principal-Paciano Rizal E/S, Celia Matalog, Principal-Kabaritan E/S and Brenda A. Urreta, Principal-Lamot E/S. The activity was also attended by teacher-representatives from the nine schools of Makativille E/S, Lamot E/S – Main, Sto. Tomas E/S – Annex, Dayap E/S – Annex, Calauan Central E/S, Paciano E/S, Kabaritan E/S, Bay Central E/S and Sto. Domingo E/S.

The activity featured a ceremonial launching, followed by the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding between DOST-FNRI represented by its Director, Dr. Mario V. Capanzana and DepEd-Laguna represented by its Schools Division Superintendent – Dr. Josilyn S. Solana.

Gracing also the event were representatives of the Team on Ground, the contracted partner for the feeding component, representatives from the industry partner and the project team leaders and members from the DOST-FNRI.

Commencing on August 7, 2017, PISO for healthy kids is a comprehensive one-year school-based program on food and nutrition which includes nutrition education among targeted school children and their mothers, and feeding of school children. It will be implemented in nine selected elementary schools namely: Makativille, Sto. Tomas (Annex), Dayap, Calauan Cental, Lamot, Paciano, Kabaritan, Bay Central and Sto. Domingo. The program will run until March 2018.