Written by Bernardo T. Caringal, PSTD, DOST-Marinduque
Tuesday, 07 October 2014

 

After decades in government service, Mr.Carlito F. Fabaleña gave his full time and effort to manage his water refilling station—Aqua Home Water Station—located at Brgy. Bognuyan, Gasan, Marinduque. Since there is a fast-growing demand for the water refilling business in the province, Mr. Fabaleña sought the assistance of DOST-MIMAROPA for the improvement of their product and increase their productivity. With the assistance of DOST-MIMAROPA,through the innovation system support of the Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program of DOST, and PSTC-Marinduque, Aqua Home Water Station adopted the DOST-Food and Nutrition Research Institute (DOST-FNRI) technology dubbed “Tubig Talino.”

Experts from DOST-FNRI, Mrs. Trinidad Arcanghel and Ms. Abbie Padrones, served as trainors for the “Technology Transfer on Iodine Rich Drinking Water and Iodine Premix/Tubig Talino” conducted on June 10, 2014.

The technology transfer was attended by Mr. Fabaleña himself and employees of Aqua Home Water Station.

Iodine fortification of drinking water is a big boost to the government’s iodine deficiency disorder (IDD) control program because water, as the nutrient vehicle, is a basic need consumed daily. Five (5) glasses a day of iodine-rich drinking water provides 120 micrograms of iodine which meets 100% of the recommended dietary allowance (RDA) of a male adult, according to DOST-FNRI. The project aims at reducing the incidence of macronutrient deficiency in the province and eventually help increase the performance of school children especially.

The technology transfer is a five-year exclusive contract between the DOST-FNRI and Aqua Home Water Station for the manufacturing, incorporation, and distribution of iodine premix for purified water. The product will be initially distributed to elementary and secondary schools in the municipalities of Boac and Gasan, and will eventually cater to the whole province.

The firm is also planning to go into bottling of iodine-fortified purified drinking water to capture larger markets such as supermarkets and local sea ports.

To further ensure quality of the iodine-premix as well as the iodine-fortified purified drinking water, samples will regularly undergo microbiological testing.

The benefits of “Tubig Talino” will be extensively promoted through brochures and advertisements in local radio stations and cable channels.

With “Tubig Talino” working for you, you are sure to be healthy and smart!