Food-for-School program now covers all public elementary pupils in Mt Province
by Juliet Saley
BONTOC, Mt. Province (28 September) -- All elementary pupils enrolled in public elementary schools in the ten municipalities of the province this school year are beneficiaries of the Food-For-School program of the government that has expanded its coverage in the province.
As part of its Anti-Poverty and Hunger Mitigation, the Arroyo administration has been implementing the Food-For- School program which aims not only to mitigate hunger but also prevent further decline of the school children's health status and to improve school attendance of elementary school children in selected schools nationwide.
Based on the record of Mt. Province Division Office, a total of 24,002 grade one to grade six pupils in the ten towns will be benefiting from the program which provides a ration of one kilogram of rice each day per pupil. The distribution of rice is done daily before the kids go home in the afternoon.
The government has allocated P2.75 billion for the food for school program this year. For 2008, President Gloria Arroyo has increased the budget of the the Food-for-School program to P3.3 billion to bolster the government' s hunger and poverty mitigation measures.
The increase amount represents a 1.2 percent jump from this year's Food for School Program allocation of P2.75 billion.
Aside from the Food-for-School program, other hunger mitigation measures that will receive significant budgetary hikes are the Tindahan Natin and Barangay Food Terminals (BFTs). (PIA MP) [top]