DepEd-Davao, Nestle partner for promoting nutrition education

SunStar Photo by Donna Stephanie Claire Agcambot
SunStar Photo by Donna Stephanie Claire Agcambot

THE Department of Education Davao Region (DepEd-Davao) and Nestle Philippines inked a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA), marking the implementation of Nestle Wellness Campus for school year 2023-2024 on Tuesday, August 15, 2023.

The MOA will strengthen the partnership of the DepEd-Davao and Nestle in promoting nutrition education, teaching over a million elementary and high school students in public schools in the region about healthy habits.

DepEd-Davao Regional Director Dr. Allan Farnazo expressed his excitement to open the school year, focusing on a mindset that will embrace overall health and wellness and not only on the students' education.

"Through the Nestle Wellness Campus, our students have a variety of resources that will allow them to practice healthy habits with their teachers and classmates in school, as well as with their parents and siblings at home," Farnazo said. 

Meanwhile, Senior Vice President and Head of Corporate Affairs of Nestle Philippines Jose Uy III said that as the Kasambuhay for Good of Filipino families, they believe that education plays a vital role in raising healthy and happy children.

“When they are properly nourished, students become eager to learn and can perform well in school. With this MOA, the DepEd Davao Region has provided us the opportunity to continue with our advocacy of instilling healthy habits among our young students,” Uy said. 

Meanwhile, Corporate Affairs Executive and Program Manager of Nestle Wellness Campus, Kevin Carpio said that since the resources are limited, they want to focus first on areas where their program will make more impact. 

“But of course, in the future, we can also think or look at expanding it to other schools like private schools,” Carpio said. 

The Nestle Wellness Campus in Davao Region started in SY 2021-2022. With its third year in the region, they have already assisted more than 2,300 public schools in the region for both elementary and junior high schools and has reached 613,922 elementary students and 400,275 high school students from different divisions including Davao del Sur, Davao del Norte, Davao Oriental, Davao de Oro, and Davao Occidental. DSCA

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