Abra gets hot meal from DSWD healthy start feeding program
by Maritess Beņas
Bangued, Abra (12 June) -- A hot meal a day is given to all the day care pupils in Abra through the Healthy Start Feeding Program of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).
The Healthy Start Feeding Program is a component of the President Arroyo's hunger mitigation program to sustain the growth of the country through "increased but controlled spending on vital food, energy and human and physical infrastructure programs and creating jobs."
Provincial Social Welfare Officer Ms. Decimia D. Cabang reported that a total of 9,497 day care pupils in the more than 300 day care centers throughout the province are benefited from the feeding program of the DSWD. The data was based on the 2008 enrolment.
The Healthy Start Feeding Program given to the members of the 20 poorest provinces in the country as priority areas for implementation. Aside from Abra, Apayao and Kalinga are also beneficiaries of the feeding program.
The special feeding program provides hot meal within a period of 200 days to the pupils of the government-run day care centers in the province. The cost of the hot meal is P12.00 per child.
The hot meals are prepared by the parents themselves through the Day Care Service Parents Group through the supervision of the Barangay Nutrition Scholars (BNS) and the Barangay Health Workers (BHW).
A baseline data on each of the pupils are established on which to base the health performance of the pupils to determine weight gained by the pupils after the 200-days feeding period. The BNS and BHW conduct the monitoring of the weight of the children.
Aside from the hot meal which is provided based on the menu prepared by the parents themselves, cooking and dining utensils are also provided by the program to ensure that not only nutritious food is served to the children but also, clean utensils are used to ensure the health and safety of the children. (PIA-Abra) [top]