FSP benefits 15,875 school children in NorMin
by Rutchie Cabahug-Aguhob
Cagayan de Oro City (4 April) -- A total of 15,875 school children in Northern Mindanao have availed of the Food-for-School Program (FSP) of the of the Dept. of Education (DepEd) amounting to Php1.29 million, during the School Year 2006-2007.
"These children beneficiaries actually come from 319 schools of the region's four (4) provinces that are recipient of the FSP -Bigas Para sa Mag-aaral at Pamilya, namely: Bukidnon, Camiguin, Lanao del Norte and Misamis Occidental," Regional Director Estrella Abid-Babano of DepEd-10, said.
Under the FSP, rice and basic food items are given daily to school children which will be modified to a weekly trek to the nearest churches or church organizations that will distribute a week's supply thereby feeding not only the children but their families as well.
The FSP implementation in the region began in September, last year, with each child beneficiary given one (1) kilogram of rice per day for 90 feeding days, Babano said.
She also said the province of Lanao del Norte registered the most number of 9,870 FSP beneficiaries from 164 schools of the following towns: Bacolod, Kauswagan, Linamon, Maigo, Matungao, Poona Piagapo, Munai, Pantao Ragat, Pantar, Salvador, Sultan Naga Dimaporo, Sapad-Nuungan and Tangkal.
This was followed by Misamis Occidental with 2,830 beneficiaries from 105 schools coming from Baliangao, Calamba, Don Victoriano, Panaon, Sapang Dalaga and Sinacaban.
Next was Camiguin with 2,283 beneficiaries from 36 schools of Catarman, Mahinog, Sagay and Guinsiliban and Bukidnon, 892 beneficiaries from 14 schools, all from Dangcagan town.
Meanwhile, in order to sustain the government's efforts to mitigate hunger among children and their families and upon instruction of Pres. Arroyo during the recent National Nutrition Council Cabinet Level Meeting, the FSP is extended for another 40 feeding days, this summer, in consonance to DepEd Memorandum No. 142, s. 2007.
Dr. Ella Cecilla G. Naliponguit, DepEd-10 Medical Officer, said the target beneficiaries are the same as those covered in the same recipient schools during the SY 2006-2007.
"This time, however, it will have added feature of feeding each child with 180-200 ml. fresh/sterilized or powdered full cream milk and fortified instant noodles inside the classroom," she said.
In some areas, milk will be delivered by the National Dairy Authority (NDA) but in most FSP areas, powdered milk will be made available upon completion of procurement process and production of the milk packs.
Similarly, the rice, milk and noodles shall be given only to Grade I pupils in the identified FSP schools.
Pre-schoolers in DepEd-supervised schools included in the SY 2006-2007 FSP Implementation, however, shall not be given 1 kg. of iron fortified rice but will be fed in schools using the menu prepared by the Dept. of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and food preparation to be undertaken by parent volunteers, Naliponguit added. (PIA 10) [top]