ILOILO — Governor Arthur Defensor Sr. released financial assistance worth P600,000 on Thursday in a hope to avert malnutrition in five poverty-stricken towns in this first-class province.
Malnutrition plagued most children aged five years old and below inBadiangan, San Dionisio, Estancia, Batad and Concepcion, according to 2014 record of Provincial Health Office on Prevalence of Undernutrition.
Provincial Social Welfare and Development Officer NenethPador explained that the assistance supports the national government’s 120-Day Supplementary Feeding Program (SFP).
SFP provides food in addition to regular meals among pre-school children nationwide to ensure their mental and physical development.
The hot meals are composed of rice plus meat or fish or vegetables which are prepared by the children’s parents and day care workers.
To monitor the program’s effect, child-beneficiaries are weighed at the start of the feeding program and three months thereafter.
Provincial Administrator Raul Banias claimed that with the full support of Defensor’s administration on various nutrition programs, “we are certain our children have a better future.”
Aside from feeding program, the Provincial Health Office and Agriculture’s Office implementparallel programs that aim to eradicate food insecurity caused by extreme poverty.