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Chicken Arroz Caldo now in pack, ready to eat without the need of water

This ready-to-eat Arroz Caldo or rice porridge meal by the Department of Science and Technology-Industrial Technology Development Institute (DOST-ITDI) was developed as a disaster mitigation/relief food to address the immediate need of supplying food in time of calamities in the country. 
       Photo credit: DOST website
The Philippines is estimated to have visited 20 cyclones every year, in addition to earthquakes  and other calamities that cooking is difficult.

The disaster victims’ real need is food that can fill their hunger and doesn’t need any elaborate preparations before filling up an empty stomach. Generally all emergency food such as canned foods, noodles, coffee, rice, crackers stockpiled by the local governments and the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and distributed to the victims require water and heat which maybe unavailable.

Now this chicken arroz caldo or "Pack of hope" will give hope to the victims of disaster to lessen their agony in preparing food. "Pack of hope" is the ready to eat (RTE) chicken arroz caldo categorized as disaster food ready to eat without drinkables.

Arroz Caldo is a common, Filipino rice-based chicken soup meal. The agency is now working on processing Halal certification for the emergency meal so that it could also be distributed to Muslim hit areas.

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