The Nutrition Research Information Network (NUTRINET) celebrated its 30th anniversary on July 31, 2017 at the Century Park Hotel, P. Ocampo, Malate, Manila with the theme: “Serving the Information Needs of Every Juan and Juana”. The event was attended by heads and representatives of member-agencies, former Governing Board and Technical Committee members, colleagues and friends.
Dr. Mario V. Capanzana, NUTRINET Governing Board Chair, and DOST-FNRI Director, gave the opening remarks. In his opening remarks, he recognized the 14 Pillars of the NUTRINET who signed the first Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) on 1988. He also expressed how the network survived for 30 years with the concept of resource sharing as its foundation. He also conveyed how the Network assisted needy libraries through its Adopt-A-Library Project. He ended his message by acknowledging the support of each member-agency and the men and women of the NUTRINET Technical Committee for making the anniversary possible.
Invited to give the Keynote Address was DOST Secretary Fortunato T. de la Peña. In his message, read by Dr. Capanzana, he challenged the Network to ".. reach-out further to other allied government agencies, private organizations, the academe.. that are in constant search for science and research-based information..".
An Audiovisual Presentation (AVP) was shown to give the attendees an overview of NUTRINET's History and Accomplishments. This AVP was produced by DOST-STII.
The anniversary was highlighted by the MOA Signing of the Network's Governing Board, testimonials from beneficiaries of Adopt-A-Library Project, and launching of the enhanced NUTRINET website.
To end the celebration, Dr. Milflor S. Gonzales, NUTRINET Technical Committee Chair, and Supervising SRS, DOST-FNRI, gave her closing remarks. She thanked everyone who come to celebrate milestone event. She also recognized the valuable contribution of NUTRINET Secretariat and Technical Committee for making the event successful.
At 30, NUTRINET is well poised to meet the demands and challenges of an IT enabled intervention resource sharing among its members.