115,775 preschoolers benefit from supplementary feeding in Bicol

February 29, 2012 10:40 am 

MANILA, Feb. 29 — At least 115,775 pre-schoolers from the five provinces of Bicol Region benefited from the Supplementary Feeding Program of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), in partnership with the local government units (LGUs).

The Supplementary Feeding Program is the provision of food in addition to the regular meals to children currently enrolled in day care and supervised neighborhood play. Under the program, the children were given hot meals composed of fortified rice and viand for a period of six months, which started in September 2011.

OIC-Secretary Undersecretary Parisya Hashim Taradji said the supplementary feeding program is the DSWD’s contribution to the Early Childhood Care and Development Program to improve and sustain nutritional status of pre-schoolers three to five years old.

The program also ensures that these children are accessed to appropriate health care facilities, if there are nutritional and health-related problems.

The budget allocation for supplementary feeding program is P12.50 per child per day for five days.

“The program has improved the eating habits and nutritional status of our children,” said Babylen Rodrigo, a parent.

The program also teaches the parents to prepare food with locally available but nutritious ingredients.

The DSWD is closely coordinating with their respective City/Municipal Social Welfare and Development Offices to strengthen the implementation of the day care service and the supplementary feeding program. (PNA)

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