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Samar day care children receive double whammy blessings from PGMA, Plan

By Ninfa B Quirante

Catbalogan City (21 September) -- Day care children of Barangay Dapdap, Tarangnan, Samar receive double whammy from President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo (PGMA) and Plan Philippines.

On September 19, 2007, 42 day care children from this remote community were able to taste nutritious food and milk with PGMA's Hunger Mitigation project in their newly inaugurated Day Care Center from Plan Philippines.

Lydia Urbeso and Teresita Roldan, Day care teachers were beside themselves with joy as the two projects; one coming from the national government through the Department of Social welfare and Development (DSWD) and a Non-Government Organization (NGO) Plan Philippines were launched and inaugurated on that same day.

However, due to the turbulent waves Plan Phil personnel were unable to cross the raging seas. Just the same the children rejoiced with the whole barangay as the rural folks also rejoiced over their newly constructed 'causeway', this time courtesy of KALAHI-CIDSS. KALAHI personnel and PIA became the reluctant guests.

In the brief program that ensued, Punong Barangay Maria Sevilla acknowledged the generous sponsors and donors who have been frequenting this 'hidden' barangay in the vast Samar mangrove.

Joyjoy, a day care kid who recited a poem on the rights of children shyly admitted that the food being served is not the usual fare at home. Her parents are fisherfolks. Today, the 42 kids fed on arroz caldo with milk on the side. Their other siblings were also able to partake of the prescribed meal for the undernourished.

Ma'am Lydia admitted that there are less than 10 malnourished kids, but the feeding program would make the kids healthier and will make them perform well in their activities.

The feeding program does not only feed the children but also teaches them proper decorum in eating, praying before meals and total hygienic practices when eating.

Two grandmothers who have grandchildren under their wings were happy to watch the kids eat with gusto though trying very hard to be more formal.

Barangay Dapdap is a hidden paradise protected by a thick mangrove area. The same mangrove provides the community with fish and crabs for their livelihood. Others are farmers also because yonder up there is a rich farming field for the industrious ones. (PIA-Samar) [top]

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