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"Malunggay can save lives, increase incomes, generate millions of jobs, utilize vast tracts of idle agricultural lands, make the Philippines globally competitive, impact local and international market, and help attain socioeconomic equity," explained Alice Ilaga, director of the DA’s Biotechnology Program.


"We estimate that the bulk of the mental health issues could potentially be addressed and the impending rise in disorders can be reversed through adequate nutrition. We urge all parties to come together in tackling this most serious of problems," said Prof Crawford, Director of the Institute of Brain Chemistry and Human Nutrition at the London Metropolitan University. There are many hopes pinned on dietary supplements for the improvement of health and prevention of disease, hopes that have been realized when some of them have been put to modern scientific testing. Examples of these include:

  • Folic acid to reduce the risk of neural tube defects
  • Calcium to reduce the risk of osteoporosis
  • Iron supplementation during pregnancy to prevent maternal anemia and delivery of premature infants;
  • Vitamin B-12 supplementation for those (particularly among the elderly) who cannot readily absorb food-bound vitamin B-12;
  • Vitamin and antioxidant supplementation to prevent progression of muscular degeneration
  • Supplements promoting antioxidant activity generally to reduce the risk of oxidative damage from exposure to environmental agents.

 Source: Statement of Paul M. Coates, Ph.D.Director Office of Dietary Supplements National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services


The government, thru the National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC), urged farmers to plant Malunggay because aside from its nutritional value, it can also help improve air quality, reduce incidence flooding, and lessen hunger and malnutrition.
Source: The Philippine Star, March 30, 2009


Senate Bill No. 1349 filed by Senator Loren Legarda last July 2010 gives teeth to the propagation of Malunggay in the country. The Bill tasks the Department of Agriculture and other relevant line agencies to formulate a five-year framework for developing Malunggay for food, medicinal, health, and commercial needs.

Moringa oleifera: 'Malunggay better oil source' - Malunggay is the only plant that provides both biofuel and food at the same time, and this versatile tree is attracting a slew of local and foreign investors, Director Alicia Ilaga of the Department of Agriculture-Biotechnology Program Office said in a press release from BioNet Pilipinas. As biofuel feedstock, Ilaga says Malunggay seeds can produce up to 40 percent oil. The oil derived from Malunggay seeds is so good that the North American Biofuels Inc. opted for it rather than Jatropha, a plant native to Asia long used as source of oil to light up rural homes in India and run.                        
Source: Visayan Daily Star, Philippines, 2 May 2008

Agri office strengthens malunggay studies - The Department of Agriculture (DA) said it is currently strengthening its Malunggay production through a comprehensive Malunggay foliage and seed production technology. Moringa oleifera, popularly known as Malunggay, is widely cultivated in the grounds of Department of Agriculture Central Luzon Integrated Agricultural Research Center for Lowland Development (DA-CLIARCLD) so as to fully harness its many potential uses and further extract its nutritive content. The high mineral content of Malunggay is the primary basis for it to be preferred as a nutrition supplement for good health. In fact, a number of local drug manufacturers have already ventured in the production of Malunggay capsules.
Source: SunStar Pampanga, Philippines, 31 July 2010


New book on Malunggay out - A new 322-page book on Malunggay was recently launched by the Spirulina Foundation of the Philippines, Inc. with the title "Manna from Heaven II: Malunggay, Laban sa Gutom Laban sa Kahirapan," by Dell H. Grecia and Domingo D. Tapiador. For in queries, call 928-6155, Spirulina Foundation.

Source: The Philippine Star Updated July 18, 2010


Proclamation 1414 mandated by former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo authorizes the annual celebration of the National Biotechnology Week which will feature not only innovations on agriculture but particularly developments on Malunggay and its post-harvest technologies.


Malunggay is deemed to be the "next big thing in agriculture." The Biotechnology Program of the Department of Agriculture cited that Malunggay can save lives, increase incomes, generate millions of jobs, utilize vast tracts of idle agricultural lands, make the Philippines globally competitive, impact local and international market, and help attain socioeconomic equity.


Malunggay leaves and its by-products are not only famous and bestsellers in the Philippines but the possibility of using Malunggay as bio-diesel is being explored as well. Malunggay oil can be extracted from the seeds and had been tested for efficacy as bio-diesel. It is expected that the market of Malunggay oil as bio-diesel will boom in the next 50 years with Japan and Korea as major importers.


More than 250 cuttings of Malunggay were planted along the Riverbanks of Marikina to show support for the care of nature. The tree-planting was called "Oplan Malunggay Para Kay Abukay" named after the endangered specie "Katala or Abukay" which feeds on the seeds of Malunggay. The event was led by LGUs and other private organizations in the city.




Haiti – Trees for the Future had been working since 2002 mainly for massive planting of trees with maximum sustainable benefits for communities. Malunggay is among the trees being planted in the country. After the devastating earthquake in 2009, Trees for Life made Haiti a priority for planting of trees to help rehabilitate the destroyed environment and provide beneficial trees to the restructuring communities.


Africa – Aside from using the leaves of Malunggay as part of the diet of poor communities, especially malnourished children and undernourished pregnant women, the crushed seeds of Malunggay are also widely used for water purification.

Ghana – As a pledge to combat Climate Change, the Ghana Scout Association planted Malunggay seedlings as their contribution to mitigate its impact to children, women, health, and the environment.


Argentina – One of the highlights of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) held in this country was to seek better ways to monitor and assess land degradation. As part of the long-term response to this, UNCCD proposed planting of suitable tree species which will provide maximum benefit communities which included Malunggay.


Ethiopia – To help combat food security and provide extra income to poor rural communities of the country, education campaigns and cultivation of Malunggay trees were organized by Trees for the Future together with Greener Ethiopia.

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