DOST to conduct research study on the state of nutrition in disaster areas in Luzon, Visayas – Manila Bulletin

The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) announced Friday, August 20, that it will conduct a study on the state of nutrition in areas affected by disasters and calamities.

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DOST Secretary Fortunato “Boy” T. de la Peña said the research study will be conducted by DOST-Food and Nutrition Research Institute (FNRI) in collaboration with DOST-VIII through Provincial Science and Technology Center (PSTC) Eastern Samar.

The study is entitled “An Assessment of the Implementation of Policies to Protect the Rights to Health and Nutrition of Vulnerable Groups in Emergencies”.

“The project aims to assess nutrition in emergencies in areas amid the COVID-19 pandemic and areas that experienced natural disasters or disasters from 2019 to 2020,” de la Peña said.

He said in a virtual meeting that the research plan was presented on August 5.

“The study is made up of two phases, the first will look at nutrition in emergencies amid the COVID-19 pandemic and will be carried out in Luzon,” said the head of DOST.

“The second phase will assess nutrition in emergencies in areas that have experienced natural disasters or disasters such as typhoons, earthquakes and phreatic eruptions during the last quarter of 2019 and into 2020,” he added.

He said the municipality of Salcedo, in eastern Samar, being one of those areas heavily affected by powerful typhoons, especially Typhoon Ursula in December 2019 and Typhoon Ambo in May 2020, was selected as one of the study sites for phase 2.


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