By Restituto Cayubit
CATARMAN, Northern Samar – The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has spent P18,718,400 to feed daycare children in this town.
Irmina O. Delorino, Catarman Municipal Welfare and Development Officer, told Manila Bulletin that since she took office in 2015 the DSWD’s supplemental feeding program (SFP) made an impact in addressing Catarman’s malnutrition problem.
Delorino said that of the 24 municipalities in the province, Catarman has best succeeded in curbing malnutrition. It used to rank 18th as far as malnutrition is concerned.
“The town is not anymore included in the top ten municipalities in the province with malnutrition issues,” she said.
Delorino reported that from 2015 to 2018, there were 11,600 daycare children served by the program in 73 day care centers in her town.
The feeding was carried out by 69 daycare workers, helped out by 3,000 parents participated from 73 parent organizations.
She said she is confident malnutrition in her town would be reduced further with the continuation of the program this year.
Catarman, the capital of Northern Samar, has 55 barangays. It has a land area of 464.43 square kilometers and a population of 94,037, making it the largest municipality in the province in terms of land area and population.