601 Samar day care kids benefit from supplemental feeding
By Ninfa B Quirante
CATBALOGAN CITY (September 20) -- Some 601 day care children of Tarangnan, Samar will be receiving nutritious meals for 42 days.
In an interview with Tarangan Municipal Social Welfare and Development Officer (MSWDO), Claudette Jane Cabinalan, she said that some P550,000 from the DSWD have been released for the supplemental feeding in Tarangnan.
The funding forms part of the Hunger Mitigation Program by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo in some provinces classified as Priority 1, 2 and 3. Samar province belongs to the Priority 2 province.
The Supplemental Feeding Program is a day care center based supplemental which will utilize milk, coco-pandesal, egg and vegetable enriched noodles as commodities under the program known as Malusog na Simula, Yaman ng Bansa".
Cabinalan, said the MSWDO has some 198 Below Normal Low weight; and 13 Below Normal Very Low weight comprising some 28.4% of the total 601 day care centers in 22 barangays.
Today, September 20, 2007, Mayor Emmely Olaje with the MSWDO, Day Care Workers and parents launch the program in the Tarangan Gym.
In an earlier interview with the Mayor, she said she was glad to receive such project. Olaje said she was the one who suggested that parents themselves prepare the meals prescribed by the Provincial Nutrition Action Officer Alva Gadin.
In Barangay Dapdap, the two Day Care Workers Lydia Urbeso and Teresita Roldan were very busy tending to their 43 day care children who would partake of the hot meals and milk when visited by PIA. The parents cooperated and brought the kitchen utensils in the new Day Care Center donated by Plan Philippines.
Aside from feeding, the children were also taught proper hygiene such as washing the hands before and after eating, table manners, prayer before and after meals, simple concepts on health care and importance of nutrition for their health and development, among others
Cabinalan is hopeful that with the intervention given by PGMA her pool of Day care Workers would be able to rehabilitate the 28% malnourished day care children. (PIA-Samar) [top]