As part of the health and nutrition initiative of the Kapit Bisig Para sa Kabataan Program, the Municipal Economic Enterprise Development Office (MEEDO) of Tupi with the support of Dole Philippines, Inc. and Mahintana Foundation, Inc., has launched the Nutripan Bakeshop at Tupi, South Cotabato on February 6, 2017. The event was graced by the Municipal Mayor of Tupi, Hon. Reynaldo S. Tamayo Jr.; Dolefil’s VP and Managing Director, Mr. Randolph Fleming, and Community and Cooperative Relations Department (CCRD) Manager, Ms. Leamor Bañaga; DepEd Nurse South District, Ms. Jeselyn Claudion; and witnessed by elementary public school students and teachers.
The Nutripan Bakeshop has expanded its coverage to increase the number of beneficiaries by making available affordable and nutritious bread products to address the micronutrient deficiency among pre-school and school-aged children.
With the high prevalence rate of malnutrition in Tupi, Hon. Reynaldo Tamayo, Jr. expressed his gratitude to Dolefil and MFI for choosing his municipality as the project beneficiary. “The bakeshop will be the answer to address the lack of proper nutrition among malnourished children,” he said. He articulated his support and the LGU’s commitment to patronize the products produced by the bakeshop. Likewise, Mr. Randolph Fleming stressed the importance for students to stay healthy for them to perform well at school and encouraged everyone to continue to raise awareness about malnutrition.
The ribbon cutting ceremony was held afterwards to celebrate the grand opening of the Nutripan Bakeshop followed by the signing of the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA). The guests and participants later enjoyed the bread products with nutritious ingredients such as ‘malunggay’, squash, ube, monggo, pineapple and sweet potato.
Dole Philippines, through Mahintana Foundation, Inc. financed the renovation of the bakery, purchase of equipment and materials and other operating expenses. The local government of Tupi provided the building and space as their counterpart.