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Food-for-School project expands in Western Visayas

by T. Villavert

Iloilo City (14 February) -- The Food for School Project has been expanded in the different provinces in Western Visayas with some P120 Million budget allocation set to b e released soon by the Department of Social Welfare and Development, Field Office 6 to the identified target areas in the region.

DSWD 6 Information Officer May Rago-Castillo disclosed that the Food for School project is under the accelerated hunger mitigation program of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

The project, which was implemented in limited target areas way back in 2006, will now cover 110 municipalities and cities of Western Visayas region.

The DSWD 6 Information Officer said that the identification of the beneficiaries was done by the National Office using the Small Area Estimate.

The areas and beneficiaries of the Food For School project are the following: Aklan province- 14 municipalities with 351 day care centers and 10,231 pre-schoolers; Antique- 17 municipalities with 516 day care centers and 13,577 pre-schoolers; Iloilo- 34 municipalities with 1,213 day care centers and 31,663 pre-schoolers; Negros- 25 municipalities and cities with 1,290 day care centers and 62,085 pre-schoolers; Capiz- 16 municipalities with 515 daycare centers and 13,525 pre-schoolers; and Guimaras- four municipalities with 102 day care centers and 2,283 pre-schooleers.

Ms. Castillo said that the project's implementation scheme is to give one kilo of rice per day for each pre-schooler who attends class. The rice will be purchased from the National Food Authority.

Meanwhile, the latest Social Weather Station survey that showed that the number of Filipinos who consider themselves "poor" declined in the fourth quarter of 2007 is a solid proof that the government's anti-poverty and anti-hunger programs are on the right track and their benefits have trickled down to the poor. (PIA) [top]

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