Over 129,200 kids in W.Visayas to benefit in DSWD feeding programs

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By Cindy B. Ferrer (PNA)

ILOILO CITY, May 19 -- Over 129,200 children in Western Visayas are set to benefit from the two feeding programs of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

DSWD-6 Nutritionist Girl Ley Arroyo, in a press conference Friday, disclosed that they have allotted PHP182.7 million for the Supplementary Feeding Program of some 101,509 children enrolled in the Child Development Centers or Day Care Centers in the region, aged two to five years old.

Arroyo said that 75 local government units in the region were identified to implement the program.

Iloilo has 50, 429 children beneficiaries; Antique, 20,066; Capiz, 17,829; Aklan, 8,770 and Guimaras with 4, 415.

Feeding program will be implemented as school classes will start this June.

Aside from the supplemental feeding program, DSWD here will also pilot the "Twice a Day Feeding Program" in provinces of Iloilo, Aklan and Antique composed of 26 LGUs.

The program aims to further address the under nutrition problem among two to five years old children in Child Development Centers and Supervised Neighborhood Play (SNP).

Under the program, an alternative nutritious meal will be added to the regular hot meal served to every children. Unlike the supplemental feeding program with PHP15 budget per child per day for 120 days, twice a day feeding program provides PHP30 budget per child per day for 120 days.

Some 27,700 children in the region were identified to benefit from the program. DSWD-6 has allotted PHP99.7 million for the meals of children.

The province of Antique has the highest number of beneficiaries with 12,320 children followed by Iloilo with 11,013 and Aklan with 4, 367 beneficiaries.

Arroyo expressed optimism to further improve the nutrition status of children in the region through the feeding programs they were implementing this year.