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Gov't addresses nutritional status of pre-school kids

by Jemin B. Guillermo

Roxas City (3 February) -- Some 24,531 day care pupils in Capiz had availed of the government's program that addresses malnutrition and child's participation in schools.

Provincial Economist Samuel Sarmiento of the National Food Authority in Capiz disclosed that their office was among the implementing agencies of the government's food for school program under the administration of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

Sarmiento said that as a partner agency, they were able to implement said program through rice distribution in the different day care enters in Capiz.

He added that from 2006 to 2008 of program implementation in the province, the NFA was able to distribute 6,143 bags of government rice to day care centers that benefited 24,531 the 3 to 5 years old children who were enrolled therein.

Sarmiento added that the rice distribution was in coordination with the Department of Social Welfare and Development through its local counterparts in the different municipalities in the province.

Earlier, he disclosed that the same program, in partnership with the Department of Education, was also able to provide rice to elementary pupils in the different public schools in Capiz.

Sarmiento revealed that the NFA was able to distribute 64,559 bags of government rice that benefited a total of 18,921 pupils.

On the other hand, records show that from 2004 to 2009, a total of 11.5 million school children benefited from the government's food for school program of 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. (PIA) [top]

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