SCHOOL FEED­ING PRO­GRAM

Sun.Star Pampanga - - PERSPECTIVE! -

EDITHA L. MANGILIT

Mal­nu­tri­tion is just one of the ma­jor con­cerns that strikes Philip­pine ed­u­ca­tional sys­tem. The Depart­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion took an ini­tia­tive in part­ner­ship with Depart­ment of So­cial Wel­fare and De­vel­op­ment to pro­vide nu­tri­tious feed­ing pro­gram for pub­lic school learn­ers. Stu­dents who were clas­si­fied as wasted and se­verely wasted were given school pre­pared nu­tri­tious meal to fight hunger and im­prove stu­dents’health and body. Some schools re­ceive as­sis­tance from gen­er­ous stake­hold­ers from the alum­nus, pri­vate in­di­vid­u­als, school part­ner­ship, non-gov­ern­ment or­ga­ni­za­tions, in­dus­try part­ners and churches. The com­mu­nity con­trib­utes in this ad­vo­cacy of the DepEd.

Some schools launched “Gu­layan sa Paar­alan” not only to en­cour­age love for agri­cul­ture but most im­por­tantly to har­vest freshly picked veg­eta­bles to sup­ple­ment feed­ing pro­grams. Par­ents are also en­cour­age to join in the prepa­ra­tion of meals to en­sure that the chil­dren were pro­vided with healthy food and san­i­tize learn­ing en­vi­ron­ment. The im­ple­men­ta­tion of this project is in­deed a man­i­fes­ta­tion of de­vel­op­ing the child holis­ti­cally and a sin­cere and more con­crete ad­vo­cacy to fight mal­nu­tri­tion and poor aca­demic per­for­mance. Stu­dents will be bet­ter in school if these ba­sic needs were pro­vided. No stu­dent needs to work just to earn baon or money to buy food.

The au­thor is Teacher

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I at Nues­tra Señora Del Pi­lar In­te­grated

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