Fewer hungry folks noted in the Ilocos region
By Henry S. Lagasca
San Fernando City, La Union (24 September) -- The government's hunger mitigation measures such as the provisions of supplemental feeding program, Tindahan Natin and soon the Barangay Food Terminal (BFT) bolstered the significant decrease of provinces in the Ilocos region considered as less vulnerable.
Except for La Union, the provinces of Pangasinan, Ilocos Sur and Ilocos Norte were not included in the list of provinces as having a high rate of hunger incidence.
La Union falls under Priority 3 among the list of provinces nationwide tagged as less- vulnerable to hunger incidence.
Director Margarita Sampang of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Ilocos region, said that the Tindahan Natin and the supplemental feeding program currently implemented in La Union, so far, benefited 10,631 families and 1,200 day care children, respectively.
The DSWD also reported that since June 2007, a total of 125 Tindahan Natin outlets were established covering the entire province.
The number of supplemental feeding beneficiaries is expected to increase by focusing more on the provinces' 5th class hinterland municipalities of Pugo, Santol, Burgos and Bagulin.
Sampang also said that surveys have been conducted in areas identified as "bagsakan" centers under the BFT program in coordination with local government units (LGUs).
Identified as initial BFT areas in the region, according to the DSWD, include barangays Sevilla and Pagdalagan in San Fernando City, La Union and the municipality of Sison in Pangasinan.
The hunger mitigation measures of the Arroyo administration being implemented in the region greatly contributed to the less- vulnerability status of Region 1 in terms of low rate in hunger incidence, according to the DSWD. (PIA Region 1) [top]