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NFA Antique sees increased deliveries for Food-for-School program

by EA Abasquez

San Jose, Antique (27 September) -- The National Food Authority (NFA) here has resumed delivery of rice to identified schools under the coverage of the Food-for-School program, budget support of which was recently increased up to P3.3-B in 2008 by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo 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 P2.75 billion.

Aside from the FSP other hunger mitigation measures that will receive significant budgetary hikes are Tindahan Natin and Barangay Food Terminals, the report said.

The government has allocated P181 million for other hunger mitigation measures resulting in the establishments of 6,583 Tindahan Natin outlets in the most depressed areas in 52 provinces nationwide, the source said.

Interview with Ma. Carmen Tubianosa of the Provincial Nutrition Office here revealed that the FSP covers schools in the top five municipalities with high incidence of malnutrition based on the result of Operation Timbang.

School children Prep and Grade I pupils under the FSP, are given a kilo of rice for each day of attendance in school, the Nutrition Officer pointed out.

The FSP recipient municipalities are Anini-y 18 schools with 864 pupils; Belison 8 schools with 463 pupils; Barbaza 16 schools with 925 pupils; Sebaste 9 schools with 571 pupils and Libertad 15 schools with 696 pupils or a total of 66 schools benefiting 3,519 school children, the NFA Operation Officer said.

The municipal government of Patnongon has likewise supported the Hunger Mitigation Program by purchasing 130 bags of iron-fortified rice from NFA here for the supplemental feeding in the municipality, Tubianosa added. (PIA) [top]

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