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Sunday, May 28, 2017

Feeding programs to cover 130-T WV kids

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Around 129,200 children in Western Visayas were set to benefit from two feeding programs of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) this year.

Girl Ley Arroyo, a nutritionist for the DSWD Region 6, said they hope to further improve the nutritional status of schoolchildren.

Around P182.7 million was allotted for the supplementary feeding program of some 101,509 children aged 2 to 5 years old enrolled in child development centers or day care centers.

Seventy-five local government units (LGUs) were identified to carry out the program.

Iloilo province has 50,429 beneficiaries; Antique, 20,066; Capiz, 17,829; Aklan, 8,770; and Guimaras, 4,415.

The supplementary feeding program will be carried out as soon as classes start in June.

Moreover, the DSWD Region 6 will launch the “Twice a Day Feeding” program in 26 LGUs in Iloilo, Aklan and Antique.

The program aims to further address undernutrition among children 2 to 5 years old in child development centers and supervised neighborhood play.

Under the program, an alternative nutritious meal will be added to the regular hot meal served to the schoolchildren.

Unlike the supplemental feeding program with a P15 budget per child per day for 120 days, the Twice a Day Feeding provides P30 per child per day for 120 days.

Some 27,700 children were set to benefit from the program. The DSWD Region 6 allotted P99.7 million for the kids’ meals.

Antique has the highest number of beneficiaries with 12,320. Iloilo followed with 11,013 and Aklan, 4,367. (PNA/PanayNews)

Photo credits to FMSC/Philstar.com

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