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PIA Press Release
2007/04/13

Food-for-School program benefits over 4,000 children in Mt Province

by Juliet Saley

BONTOC, Mt. Province (13 April) -- The “Food for School” program continues to improve nutritional status of school children here in the province.

The National Food Authority, in coordination with the Department of Education and Department of Social Welfare and Development, implements the said program in the province.

This program is a food subsidy package for school children in Grade 1 and pre-schools who belong to poor families. It aims to mitigate hunger and prevent further decline of their nutritional status and to improve school attendance.

Based on NFA report, a total of 4,143 school children in Grade I and pre-schools are beneficiaries of this program since it started its implementation in the province last December 2005.

According to Arlene fillag, nurse-in-charge at the Mt. Province Division office, the food for school program has improved the school attendance and the nutritional status of children beneficiaries.

Not all school children are considered as beneficiaries of the program. Only those in municipalities belonging to the fifth and sixth class are qualified.

Identified pupil beneficiaries came from 68 schools in the municipalities of Barlig, Besao, Sabangan, Sadanga and Sagada who were given one kilogram of iron-fortified NFA rice per pupil for a day in actual attendance for a specific number of days.

The food for school program is one of the administration’s mitigating measures to fight against hunger. (PIA MP) [top]

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