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PIA Press Release
2006/12/29

Food-for-school program benefits more children

by Jemin B. Guillermo

Roxas City (29 December) -- The government’s food-for-school program has benefited more than 22,000 children enrolled in day care centers and in grade I in the province.

Edna Artates, Information Officer of the National Food Authority here, disclosed that a total of 22,413 day care and grade I pupils have availed of the said program here.

The FSP is spearheaded by the Department of Social Welfare and Development, Department of Education, in partnership with NFA.

The government provides said target beneficiaries a kilo of iron-fortified rice in exchange for the kid’s daily attendance in school for 90 days, Artates said.

She disclosed that from March to December 11 this year, NFA-Capiz has delivered 29,003 bags of fortified rice or more than 1.4 million kilograms to different schools and day care centers.

According to her, parents of said children beneficiaries claimed that the daily rice allowance was adequate to sustain their family daily food needs.

The school nutrition coordinators also noted that said children who availed of the program have become more active, energized and more enthusiastic about attending classes, Artates said.

The FSP dubbed as Bigas Para sa Mag-aaral at Pamilya program of the national government, aims to mitigate hunger of poor families and improve school attendance of their children. (PIA) [top]

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