A TOTAL of 44,102 children in the Cordillera region have benefitted from the fourth cycle implementation of the Supplementary Feeding Program (SFP) of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).
Under the program, school children are provided with hot or regular meals for 120 days.
DSWD Regional Director Janet P. Armas said P70,102,500 has been provided to the 77 local government units (LGUs) in the region to cover expenses on viand and rice allocation of the children.
The meals are prepared by the parents or guardians of the children using indigenous food or local produce.
“With the involvement of the parents, we are able to increase their knowledge in the proper preparation and selection of food for their children. Through this, we are hoping that the parents are able to adopt this in their homes and make sure that their children get the sufficient nutrients to make them healthy”, SFP Focal Person Edeline Genove said.
As of August 3, the program has monitored 41,447 children with normal weight, 1,443 who are underweight and 206 who are overweight.
u201cReports show that there are changes with the children’s weights after six months of feeding. For the municipality of Bangued in Abra for example, we were able to monitor 169 underweight children, but after the feeding, we are able to record only 115”, Nutritionist Dietician Alitha Directo said. (Nerizzza Fay G. Villanueva-DSWD CAR)