By Restituto Cayubit
BOITRONGAN CITY, Eastern Samar – The supplemental feeding program (SFP) of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in this city has helped reduce malnutrition in children.
Thelma Banal of the City Welfare and Development Office said that from 2011 to 2018, the feeding program served 11,400 children in the city’s 61 child development centers.
Parents in each of the centers helped in the program. “Parents take charge in the food preparation and assist the DCWs (day care workers) in ensuring that children are all able to eat during meal time,” Banal said.
And since the program’s budget is very limited, “most often parents have their share in providing other ingredients contained on the menu for each day,” she said.
“The supplemental feeding program is vital in minimizing the malnutrition program among 3-4 years old children in the City. Our records will show that there is almost 100 percent improvement of our day care children beneficiaries on their nutritional and health status, from being malnourished to normal weight,” Banal said.
Borongan, the capital of Eastern Samar, is a fourth-class city with a land area of 475.00 square kilometers and a population of 69,297, based on the 2015 census.