TUGUEGARAO CITY, March 3 (PIA) -- The Department of Social Welfare and Development’s (DSWD) supplementary feeding program had served 19,438 day care children in region 2, according to Bridgette Mayor, DSWD information officer.
Mayor said the program aims to improve nutrition deficiencies, and promote healthy and nutritious meals for pre-school children.
She said DSWD-2 has benefited 19,438 children under its supplementary feeding program, as of the last quarter of 2011. Out of this number, 4,945 are Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries, including 1,318 in Cagayan; 2,667 in Isabela; 856 in Nueva Vizcaya and 104 in Quirino.
“The Supplementary Feeding Program is the provision of food in addition to the regular meals to currently enrolled day care children ages 3-4 years old children and those 5-year old children not catered by Department of Education (DepED) pre-school but enrolled in the day care centers for a continuous period of 120 days,” Mayor explained.
She said stated that the parents manage the feeding program based on a prepared meal cycle using available indigenous and locally processed food materials. The children are weighed at the start of the feeding and a monthly weighing thereafter is being done to determine improvement in their nutritional status.
The supplementary feeding complements the goal of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) to improve the nutritional status among children who belong to poor families, she added. (TCB/OTB/PIA-2)