MANILA (Mabuhay) – The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Monday announced that it targets to conduct food supplementations to more than two million day care children in different areas of the country by June of this year as part of its commitment to further intensify its social service for 2014.
According to DSWD Secretary Corazon J. Soliman, the department targets to conduct supplementary feeding program to about 2,006,549 children enrolled in day care centers by June 2014 as part of the continuous goal to improve and sustain the children’s nutritional status.
“DSWD’s supplementary feeding program for children is the department’s contribution to the Early Childhood Care and Development (ECCD) program of the government,” Soliman said.
She said that the program is an anti-hunger program that also aims to improve knowledge, attitude and practices of children enrolled in day care centers as well as their parents, by educating them towards the correct nutritional values that their children should enjoy.
As of December 2013, the DSWD has served under the program a total of 1,451,655 day care children out of 1,778,274.
The nutritional feeding program comes in the form of serving hot meals being during break or snack time in the morning or afternoon session.
The program is funded by DSWD in cooperation with local government unit’s health nutritionist as part of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) of eradicating hunger and malnutrition.
Under the program, the children’s parents in the different barangays of provinces participate in the meal preparation by using available indigenous food supplies or those locally but not costly available food supplies in some barangays which nutritional value when cooked and serve meets the nutritional requirement servings for children.
The children beneficiaries who are 3-5 years are being weighed and undergoes measurement of height at the start of the feeding and three months thereafter as part of the monitoring of improvement on their height and weight.
They are being feed for a period of 120 days.
According to DSWD chief, other non-governmental organizations (NGOs) like Hapag Kainan, Kabalikat na Kalahi and others also conduct nutritional feeding program too as an augmentation to the department’s nutritional feeding program.(MNS)