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PIA Press Release
2005/12/02

DSWD supplemental feeding program hones parenting skills

by Cheerie Ann B. Lechonsito

Cagayan de Oro City (2 December) -- THE Department of Social Welfare and Development is currently implementing the supplemental feeding program in nutritionally depressed areas in response to a recent survey that indicated a high risk malnutrition incidence among children in various cities and provinces in Northern Mindanao.

DSWD-10 Regional Director Ester Acebedo-Versoza said based on the survey, of the 526,621 pre-school children, 80,982 or 11.59% are underweight.

The top three provinces with children having below-normal weights are Misamis Oriental (17.01%), Bukidnon (15%), and Misamis Occidental (11.77%), while the three top cities with high incidence of malnutrition are Tangub (19.91%), Oroquieta (14.45%), Gingoog (13.17%).

Following the recent launching of the supplemental feeding program, target communities were prepared to ensure its success via orientations, assemblies, meetings, and parents were organized and given responsibilities.

A total of 2,250 children in 75 barangays region-wide are presently benefiting from this program. Bread and milk compose the children's meals every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, while hot meals are served on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Other than increasing the nutritional status of the pre-school children, the supplemental feeding program is also aimed at improving the parenting capacities of parents for the development of their children. (DSWD-10/Ragcom) [top]

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