AT least 120 children in Barangay Calaboon, Dumanjug town, southwest Cebu have completed the milk-feeding program organized by the Philippine Charity

Sweepstakes Office (PCSO), Girl Scout of the Philippines (GSP) and Saturn Gaming N' Amusement Corporation for six months.

The children beneficiaries aged five to 13 were given a supply of milk throughout the duration of the six-months feeding program that culminated Saturday, October 1,

2022.

The culminating activity was held at the barangay's covered court on Saturday morning.

Gloria Ybañez, department manager of PCSO Visayas, said in an interview that they chose Barangay Calaboon as the recipient of the program due to the prevalence of

underweight children there.

Ybañez said the program was initiated by former Cebu City Police Office chief Colonel Royina Garma, when she was still the general manager of PCSO during the

administration of former president Rodrigo Duterte, to provide the needed nourishment to indigent children in the country.

The Visayas was chosen as one of the pilot areas of the program.

"This is our first time but we have different services at PCSO nationwide but this is our pilot in the Visayas after Covid. When looking at the records of the DOH,

Dumanjug is one of the areas with high cases of malnutrition," said Ybañez.

Ybañez added that the PCSO has many services but this feeding program is different wherein they partnered with other organizations.

Venice Aunzo, one of the representatives of GSP, revealed that the feeding program has been going on for a while but it was stopped due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Janeth Pariscan, representative of Saturn Aid, revealed that after the successful milk feeding program in Barangay Calaboon, they are now planning to conduct a similar

activity in other areas.

Pariscan added that the program has contributed to the improvement of the children's nutritional status. (BBT, TPT)