Pasar Foundation feeds schoolkids to reduce malnutrition cases in Leyte
Pasar Foundation, Inc. (PFI) is now halfway through its goal of nourishing the children of Leyte via an ongoing feeding program under Project Yolanda’s “Developing Resiliency in Leadership of Local Schools,” which culminates on June 2017.
PFI, in collaboration with the Department of Education (DepEd) and the local government unit of Isabel, started in August 2016 with about 307 severely malnourished children, 576 malnourished children and 289 students whose health condition is in the borderline from preschool to elementary and high school, as recipients.
Participating schools are elementary schools in Anislag, Apale, Bantigue, Bilwang, Binog, Canandan, Cangag, Consolacion, Honan, ICS, Libertad, Mahayag, Matlang, Monte Alegre, Puting Bato, Relocation, Tolingon, Tubod, Tabunok and Palompon, while participating high schools include Isabel National Comprehensive School, Isabel National High School (NHS), Matlang NHS and Potingbato Cangag, Consolacion St. Felomina NHS.
Pre-schools involved, meanwhile, are the Gawad Kalinga Sibol, Holy Infant Day Care Center St. Augustine Parish School of Matlang, Inc.
PFI’s monitoring revealed that after December 2016, the number of beneficiaries grew by seven percent to 1,263 from 1,172 children at the start of the program with severe cases of malnutrition down by 14 percent and 27 percent reduction of malnourished beneficiaries while the status of children with sufficient nourishment went up by 58 percent from the initial statistics.
The project was successful in eliminating severe malnutrition in four public schools – Cangag, Mahayag, Monte-Alegre and Tubod Elementary Schools.
Before June 2017, the host province is likely to close the gap of poorly nourished children to normal health.
PFI underscored the importance of the program as a means to alleviate hunger incidence in the rural areas, especially in Leyte, which is one of the 30 depressed provinces in the Philippines.
By the end of the project, PFI intends to deliver pro-active socio-civic awareness with the conduct of at least two medical missions to participating schools; conduct of trainings and seminars on responsible parenthood; nutrition and sanitation, food preparation, disaster-related and emergency trainings to children beneficiaries, parents and teachers; as well, as the conduct of supplementary feeding for 120 school days to the 1,700 target pupil-beneficiaries, now in progress, culminating on the Batang Malusog at Malinis Contest in all participating schools.
In addition, the foundation’s Yolanda program also covers disaster preparedness drills including evacuation and emergency rescue in all the participating schools and providing disaster tool kits to identified evacuation centers/schools.
PFI is the corporate social responsibility arm of the Philippine Associated Smelting and Refining Corporation (Pasar), the only copper smelter and refinery in the Philippines based in Isabel, Leyte.