The ongoing supplementary feeding program (SFP) of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) to address undernutrition among Filipino children benefited a total of 20,895 children in the province of Antique.
In an interview on Thursday (September 2, 2021), Jessie Cristales, who is in charge of SFP implementation in Antique, said the DSWD has allotted P37.6 million for the province’s feeding program, which will benefit children in 685 Child Development Centers (CDCs).
SFP refers to the provision of food to children in CDCs aged 3 to 4 years old in addition to their regular meals. It began at Antique on July 21 when the supplies arrived.
Due to the pandemic, the feeding program has been shortened from 120 days to 60 days in order to restrict children’s face-to-face interaction in the event that they are served or rationed meals at the CDCs.
“It depends on the parents of the beneficiary children and the teacher whether they will cook the food items at their community kitchen or CDC or they will have it equally divided among the children to be prepared in their homes,” he said.
Eggs, chicken, pork, carrot, potato, cabbage, mongo, garlic, and onion are among the fresh produce already sent to the CDCs, according to Cristales.
Meanwhile, cheese, spaghetti or pasta, cooking oil, pineapple tidbits, and corned beef are among the grocery items. Rice mongo nutri-pack was also given to them.
He stated that the remaining food products should be delivered between September 28 and 30.
“The budget is still the same in 2019 though with every child allocated PHP15 worth of meal,” he said, adding that the goods provided by the DSWD were only a supplement to the children’s daily calorie requirements.
“Through the SFP implementation (in the) previous year, there were really children who were found to be underweight but had gained weight or had become normal already,” he added.