In this time of pandemic when tourism industry in Batanes has weaken, the Ivana Infant and Young Child Feeding and Breastfeeding Support Group (IYCF-BSG) took the time to develop additional products to their existing “must-buy” pasalubong — seaweed chips. The IYCF-BSG is a group composed of volunteer mothers and barangay health workers in the municipality of Ivana supervised by the Municipal Nutrition Action Office. The group not only focuses on improving the nutritional status and health of infant and young children through proper feeding practices but also to provide livelihood to mothers and breast feeding support group, hence the seaweed chips processing.

With the partnership of DOST and DENR, a technology training was conducted to introduce other nutritious products such as seaweed noodles (wet) and Camote Chicharon with seaweed. The training was graced personally by Mr. Dionicio C. Deundo, Chief, Technical Services Division of DENR-Batanes; and virtually via zoom platform by, Ms. Nora T. Garcia, Provincial Director of PSTC-Batanes. PD Garcia right after her message, shared a short lecture on Seaweed processing. She added that even though she’s not personally around, she is more than willing to share her food processing expertise to the group. She also thanked the DENR with the positivity that this will be one of the many partnerships of DOST and DENR. Mr. Deundo, on his closing message congratulated the group for the additional products they will be offering. He urged them to continue processing and to actively participate to all group’s activities because seeing the group prosper and sustainable will gratify the different government agencies assisting the group.

The training will not also be successful if not for the two trainors who unselfishly shared their talents, Ms. Luzviminda B. Gecha of CAJ’s Food Products and Ms. Glenda L. Gordo of Doque’s Congie Haus. Both are beneficiaries of SETUP program of DOST.

“DOST has been assisting us in our businesses for a long time now, from equipment, packaging and even product improvement and development, it is only fair that we give back to our Kaydian. Sharing is blessing.”, they said.

Assisting during the training are provincial staff from DOST and DENR.

 

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