Food-for-school program reaches Capiz children
by Jemin B. Guillermo
Roxas City (2 February) -- More than 18,000 pupils in Capiz were able to benefit from the government's food for school program.
According to Provincial Economist Samuel Sarmiento of the National Food Authority in Capiz, some 18,921 pupils in the different public elementary schools in the province were able to avail of the food for school program.
Said government initiative was designed to address the basic food and socio-economic needs, as well as promote self-sufficiency among Filipinos.
Sarmiento revealed that in 2006 alone, the food agency here was able to distribute 25,110 bags of government rice that benefited the towns of Capiz except Dumarao, Tapaz and Pontevedra.
He added that in 2007, they were also able to distribute 20,605 bags of NFA rice to the target beneficiaries.
Likewise, a total of 18,844 bags of rice were distributed to the Capiz' 16 towns for the government's food for school program.
Records show that from 2004 to 2009, a total of 11.5 million school children benefited from the government's food for school program under the administration of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.
Said program aims to improve school attendance and academic performance of Grades I and II pupils as well as mitigate hunger and prevent further decline of nutritional status of learners through short-term food subsidy scheme.
It also provides livelihood or employment opportunities to parents of beneficiaries as well as prepare and enable families to undertake family and community-oriented activities.
Likewise, the program stressed to instill relevant values and attitudes toward work learners, their families and communities.
The food for school program is a multi-agency program involving the Department of Education, the Department of Social Welfare and Development and the NFA.
The program is the government's response in fighting malnutrition among schoolchildren and pre-schoolers while encouraging such students to stay in school for them to avail of the 1 kilo rice ration everyday for certain number of days. (PIA) [top]