Ms. Cheri May Tila demonstrates the procedures to the participants. 

Thirty rural health unit workers, barangay health workers, and barangay nutrition scholars receive training on food production from the Department of Science and Technology Region XI (DOST XI) through its Provincial Science and Technology Center in Davao Oriental as part of the continuing effort to improve health and nutrition among children in the area. 

In partnership with the Local Government Unit of Tarragona and the Davao Oriental State University, the barangay frontliners received training on squash and soy-based food production led by Ms. Cheri May Tila, Science Research Specialist II and Head of the Training and Consultancy Unit of the Technical Service Division of DOST XI.

The squash and soy-based products include tokwa, soy milk, squash Maja, a nutritious version of Maja Blanca dessert, and squash kutsinta (cuchinta), a modified Filipino steamed cake made of squash.

The initiative aimed to enhance the supplementary feeding program of the municipality by expanding the available delicious and nutritious food options for the children in the barangays.

The participants of the said training were encouraged to impart their learnings from the session in their respective barangays to ensure that more people would benefit from the food production training. 

After the squash and soy-based food production training, it is expected that the municipality will include the said products in the menu for the supplementary feeding program. 

DOST XI conducts various training to empower communities by providing support services to various regional stakeholders. 

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