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Delayed liquidation stalls release of feeding fund

by L. Lopez

Tabuk, Kalinga (23 January) -- Delayed liquidation from the first release of the province's Healthy Start Feeding Program fund (HSFP) stalls timely release of its second tranche for this year.

Program In-charge Rose Oyawon of the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office (PSWDO) said Day Care Service Parents Groups (DSPG) failed to submit timely liquidation of money released to them for the feeding program of day care children.

Money for the program was released to the DSPG, who made direct purchase of food materials at day care centers, Oyawon said.

The first release of P3,641,508 was in July 14, 2009 but as of now, the DSPG only accounted about 60% in their liquidation, she explained.

The fund was intended for 7,717 day care children in 261 day care centers of the eight municipalities of the province.

The feeding program is part of President Arroyo's Accelerated Hunger Mitigation Agenda that aims to help solve hunger and poverty among the poor.

For its action, the PSWDO which is the implementing agency, decided to release the succeeding tranches to the municipal accounts to avoid similar problems.

The first release was allowed to the parents groups after tight consultation with the mothers, who are the ones actually preparing the food to be distributed to day care children.

Since they are the ones preparing, we allowed them to do the purchasing of what food they are going to prepare for their own children, Oyawon said.

The HSFP in the province tapped as program tie-up the DSPG, because of its direct involvement to the welfare and care of children.

Under the program, day care children were also given ferrous sulphate supplements while day care centers were distributed cooking utensils. (PIA-Kalinga) [top]

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