Global interest on functional foods is ramping up and the Philippines is expected to catch on to this trend, said an official from the Department of Science and Technology’s Food and Nutrition Research Institute (DOST- FNRI). Yet these foods should come with valid health claims that are government approved and market accepted, he stressed.

Mario V. Capanzana, PhD, director of FNRI, spoke on the topic during the 62nd Annual Convention of the Philippine Association for the Advancement of Science (PhilAAS) held last September at Pearl Manila Hotel with the theme “Nutritional and Functional Food for Health and Wellness.” In his presentation titled “Functional Foods: Global Trends and Issues,”


Did you know that in the Philippines, current statistics (NSO) show that 20 per cent of our population have  no access to potable water,  432 municipalities have less than  50% service coverage (waterless municipalities), and about 6,000 premature deaths a year are caused by water-borne diseases? And we are not alone in this situation for many people in various parts of the world have to contend with problems on water scarcity, water pollution, and accessibility to potable drinking water. All these we have to experience despite the fact that the earth is made up of over 70 per cent water.


Science Secretary Mario G. Montejo pledged more support to micro, small and medium enterprises through the enhanced Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program (SETUP) of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST).

SETUP, a nationwide strategy to boost the operation and productivity of micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) by providing collateral and interest-free loan for technology innovations, has been helping thousands of small enterprises since its implementation some ten years ago.