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FNRI eDigest (2023 2nd Quarter Issue)

Director’s Message



A fete of events inspired the second quarter with DOST-FNRI Seminar Series (FSS), the Institute’s Anniversary celebration, and the Nutrition Month. These happenings were spread throughout the month of July. The presentation of the Institute’s latest studies and technologies for optimum diet for all Filipinos has been officiated in person on July 5-6, 2023 at the Dusit Thani Hotel Manila, Makati City.


Interactive projects and activities are also featured in the photo news section and informative articles on overweight and obesity among Filipino teens, food security, and food labels are also included.

One of the highlights of this quarter is the two-day research visit to DOST-FNRI of Dr. Yang Ching Chen, a physician-scientist of Taipei Medical University, to discuss and finalize a joint research proposal that aims at identifying pathways of metabolism related to consumption of added sugars and sweeteners that may contribute to unhealthy weight gain among children and adolescents.

It is also during this quarter that Dr. Victor Owino, a nutrition specialist from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), concluded a highly productive three-day midterm review mission in the country. The mission assessed the progress and requirements of an ongoing IAEA Technical Cooperation (TC) project.

On top of this, the DOST-FNRI also conducted the Training on Pandemic-Proof Projects (3Ps) Learnings to capacitate and build more flexibility among DOST employees during project implementations in the Now Normal. This is the Institute’s third among the four capacity-building trainings funded by the DOST Human Resource Development Program (HRDP) for DOST personnel from attached agencies and the regional and provincial offices.

Indeed, this is a busy yet productive period for the Institute in implementing R&D and S&T projects and activities.

With all these undertakings in the second quarter, we are excited for the forthcoming activities in the third quarter and onwards to continuously deliver timely and accurate data and information.




Director IV and Scientist IV

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