Region 6 welcomes share in increased fund for Food-for-School program
by T. Villavert
Iloilo City (26 September) -- President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has increased the government's Food-For-School Program (FSP) fund for year 2008 by 1.2%, and Region 6 looks forward to its increased share for program implementation.
It will be recalled that in Western Visayas, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) apportioned sometime in June 2007, some P18 million for the 31 municipalities in the six provinces of the region for their supplemental feeding program.
DSWD VI Director Teresita Rosales said that the supplemental feeding is needed to address hunger and malnutrition.
The Malacanang press report disclosed that the budget for year 2008 is P3.3 billion from this year's FSP allocation of P2.75 billion to further bolster the government's hunger and poverty mitigation measures.
Other hunger mitigation measures that will receive significant budgetary hikes are Tindahan Natin and Barangay Food Terminals, Malacanang said.
Around 6,583 Tindahan Natin outlets in the most depressed areas in 52 provinces nationwide have already been established, Malacanang said.
Low-priced farm products such as meat and vegetables can be accessed at the Barangay Food Terminals, where according to Agriculture Secretary Arthur Yap, about 400,000 families or more than two million individuals in Metro manila and the poorest provinces have benefited.
The government's war on hunger and poverty has resulted in a significant drop in hunger incidence from 19 percent in the first quarter of 2007 to 17.7 percent in the second quarter, the Malacanang report disclosed. (PIA) [top]