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Food-for-School program for Aklan to resume soon

by Venus G. Villanueva

Kalibo, Aklan (24 September) -- The Food-For-School program (FSP) of the government for Grade 1 pupils of three Aklan municipalities will resume soon.

National Food Authority (NFA) Aklan Information Officer Judith Tindog said the food agency is now in the process of packing rice to be distributed in various primary and elementary schools in Lezo, Tangalan, and Buruanga; and ascertaining the exact number of beneficiaries of the rice distribution program.

The three municipalities, according to Tindog, were selected to benefit from the program, being classified as 4th to 6th class municipalities in the province. Last summer, Grade 1 pupils of the same towns received for 15 days a kilo of rice each from the NFA, which were coursed through the school principals or authorized representatives. The NFA said a total of 1,561 pupils benefited that time from the program.

In feedbacks gathered, the NFA here said the FSP program has helped much in improving classroom attendance of Grade I pupils, as well as their health, as rice being distributed to school kids is Iodine-fortified. Other basic needs of their families are met, too, as expenses intended to buy rice could be spent for milk or other commodities.

For the FSP in 2008, President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo has increased the budget to P3.3 billion to further bolster the government's hunger and poverty mitigation measures.

The increase represents a 1.2 percent jump from this year's FSP allocation of 2.75 billion.

Aside from the FSP, other hunger mitigation measures that will receive significant budgetary hikes are the Tindahan Natin and Barangay Food Terminals (BFTs). (PIA) [top]

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