Thursday, 13 October 2011 09:43

DSWD seeks nutrition council assistance on implementation of supplemental feeding

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Picture1TUGUEGARAO CITY-- The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) region 2 has sought the assistance of the members of the Regional Nutrition Committee (RNC) to help in monitoring the implementation of the supplemental feeding program for day care children. 

Delia de Guzman, program coordinator of DSWD, said the fund allocated for each municipality has been released by DSWD in all provinces of the region. Some municipalities have started the feeding already but others have not yet implemented the program due to calamities.

De Guzman stated that with the number of day care centers and in the absence of a task force to monitor the supplemental feeding program, DSWD could hardly ensure the monitoring of the program.

is for all children aged 3 to 4 that are under the day care service, and those 5 years old who are not catered by the Department of Education.

“Each child is allotted 12.50 pesos per day for a hot meal, either in the form of a snack or lunch. The requirements for the food menu are iron fortified rice (i-rice) and viand- vegetables or any other available food that can be bought from their areas,” de Guzman said.

She also narrated that in their monitoring there are some LGUs that bought noodle packs instead of i-rice and viands. She advised the day care workers to follow the menu guide that were distributed to them to ensure that foods served to the children are nutritious.

On the other hand, National Nutrition Council (NNC) Program Coordinator Rhodora Maestre expressed her willingness to help in monitoring the implementation of the program with the help of some agencies to include the Department of Interior and Local Government, National Economic and Development Authority and the Philippine Information Agency.

Maestre stated that the program is very laudable and it can help eradicate malnutrition among children; however, if it will be monitored well, then the program might not be as effective as it is expected to be. (TCB/OTB/PIA-2)

(Miss Delia de Guzman as she discuss to the RNC members the Supplemental Feeding program for Day care children)

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