Catbalogan City, Samar – The Department of Education is fighting malnutrition by providing a supplemental feeding for her 3, 542 severely wasted school-children in Samar.
In a meeting with Dr. Angelica Rodriguez, DepEd Medical Officer said that the children will be fed for 120 days.
“There will also be a continuing education for parents on how to feed their children nutritious but inexpensive food,” said Rodriguez.
The parents of these kids in some 66 schools distributed in Samar Division, take turns in preparing the meals prescribed.
Children also learn to pray in thanksgiving, wash hands properly, use silver correctly and even practice proper tooth-brushing, as part of the program.
The schools also establish Gulayan sa Paaralan, a source of their vegetables. “Not only did they improve in weight, but the attendance also improved because of the feeding program,” said Princess Aparis, Division Nurse.
Then there is deworming and iron supplementation, all to ensure that children are not only well fed but also free of parasites and are given iron for better immunity, she added.
Schools are also reminded of their waste segregation and composting which can help in the backyard garden.
They are also discouraged to use styro and plastic containers which teach them lessons on environment.
Presently though, results of the feeding program has not been released yet until the 120th day, said Principal Marvin Anonuevo of Barangay San Fernando Elementary school in Jiabong town, they are yet on their 80th day, he added.
The schools with the best implementation will also be given recognition to entice them to perform better.
Criteria include, percentage of beneficiaries rehabilitated to normal status; compliance to guidelines, prompt submission of liquidation reports and establishment of vegetable gardens.
In addition, schools should have developed good practices and have learned some valuable lessons in the implementation and have drawn involvement of parents and the community and that they also have done some advocacy and social/resource mobilization activities.
In the national scene, Deped is determined to rehabilitate some 45 thousand severely wasted school children. (Nimfa B. Quirante-PIA8-Samar)