Thursday, 5 July 2007

Feeding program gets P750m

By Fel V. Maragay
Full report at the Manila Standard

An intensive supplemental feeding program for children in day care centers is now being implemented by the Arroyo administration in 370 municipalities in 15 regions.

Secretary Esperanza Cabral of the Department of Social Welfare and Development said the feeding program, which is intended to combat the hunger problem in depressed communities, is being implemented for 160 days.

The program involves giving of free milk and hot meals to schoolchildren and is supported by a P750-million funding under the 2007 national budget.

The feeding program was started on June 18 in Ilocos region, Southern Tagalog, Mindoro-Romblon-Palawan, Bicol, Visayas, Eastern Visayas, Northern Mindanao, Caraga, Cordillera Autonomous Region, and the National Capital Region.

Cabral said 123,311 schoolchildren are benefitting from the program in the NCR alone.

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