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)