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In a momentous gathering on January 8, 2024, the DOST-FNRI held a groundbreaking event at the DOST South Complex in Bicutan, Taguig City. Beyond construction, the ceremony was a strategic move to generate public interest, gain support, and underscore the collaborative commitment of DOST-FNRI.

Among the distinguished attendees, included Mr. Francisco Ashley “Ace” Acedillo, the Chief of staff of Honorable Senator Francis “Tol” N. Tolentino and DOST Secretary Dr. Renato U. Solidum Jr., who took a prominent role at the forefront of the event, symbolizing the Department’s dedication to groundbreaking research and technological advancements. Joining them were DOST Undersecretary for Research and Development, Dr. Leah J. Buendia, DOST Undersecretary for Special Concerns, Dr. Teodoro Gatchalian, and DOST Assistant Secretary for Development Cooperation, ASec. Rodolfo J. Calzado, Jr.

Central to the event was the underlying reason for the transfer of DOST-FNRI office in another location - the looming threat posed by the West Valley Fault. Secretary Solidum emphasized the gravity of the situation, extending beyond government organizations to encompass private buildings and residences. He recounted the proactive measures taken in the past, wherein even schools situated along the West Valley Fault were advised against continuing construction plans to ensure the safety of future occupants.

The transfer of the Institute to a new building serves as a proactive measure to ensure the safety and continuity of the Institute’s operations, reflecting DOST-FNRI’s commitment to both its mission and the well-being of its personnel.

DOST-FNRI, known for its pivotal role in nutritional research, presented innovative projects that promised to revolutionize the field of food and nutrition. From leading research methodologies to technological applications aiming to fight malnutrition.

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