Pasar Foun­da­tion feeds schoolkids to re­duce mal­nu­tri­tion cases in Leyte

Cebu Daily News - - COMMUNITY - /PR

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.

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