Beneficiaries of DSWD’s feeding program manifest improved nutritional status

June 18, 2016 2:12 am 

ILOILO CITY, June 16 — Ninety percent of the beneficiaries of the supplemental feeding program (SFP) of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) here in Western Visayas have shown improved nutritional status.

This translates to more than 30,000 pre-school children from Western Visayas and Negros Occidental, according to DSWD in reference to its May 20 data.

DSWD nutritionist Girl Ley Arroyo said that improvement was at four percent when compared with the 86 percent accomplishment in 2014.

“It was a big help for children because they were all well-nourished and very attentive to their classes,” she said.

Arroyo also pointed out that their accomplishment contributed a lot to the decrease in the number of malnourished children in the region.

This year, DSWD aims to cover 127,614 pre-school children in the five provinces in the region. The 2016 SFP implementation was allotted Php229,705,200.

The target number of beneficiaries in Aklan is 14,716; Antique, 22,810; Capiz, 19,410; Guimaras, 4,880 and Iloilo with 65, 798.

Fund allocation for viand is Php168,450,480 and Php61,254,720 for rice.

Arroyo said that although not all children are covered by the program, all 101 municipalities in the region have children-beneficiaries.

She further said that the target beneficiaries may increase if the incoming administration decides to provide additional fund. (PNA)



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