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Twice a day feeding to start next month


The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office VII through its Supplementary Feeding Program (SFP) is set to conduct twice a day feeding in selected local government units of Central Visayas starting next month.

Melinda Cañares, SFP focal person feeds a day care pupil in Brgy. Umapad, Mandaue City.

This pilot undertaking compliments the SFP’s existing 120-day feeding program.

SFP is the provision of food in addition to the regular meals. The food supplementation will be in a form of hot meals to be served during snack/meal time to children five (5) days a week for 120 days. SFP is DSWD’s commitment to improve the Early Childhood Care and Development Program (ECCD) program of the government.

Melinda Cañares, DSWD-7’s SFP focal person explained that the budget per meal is still P15.00/child/day. The P11.00 is for the purchase of the viand and P4.00 is allocated for the rice.

“The feeding will be implemented twice a day for a minimum of five days and a maximum of seven days a week for a period of 120 days. Hot meals and alternative meals shall be served during the day,” Cañares explained.

She added that if the session is conducted in the morning, alternative meal consisting of heavy snack shall be served before the session and hot meal after the session. For afternoon session, hot meals shall be served upon the arrival of the children followed by an alternative meal after the session.

The SFPs twice a day feeding will be piloted in 19 local government units (LGUs) of Cebu Province, 18 in Bohol Province and two in Siquijor Province. The 39 LGUs were selected for the pilot implementation because of their fund utilization and they are among the priority areas identified by the National Nutrition Council.

Moreover, the twice a day feeding is expected to benefit 1,144 day care centers, 58 supervised neighborhood playgroup and close to 46, 300 children covering the three provinces. Budget for this undertaking is pegged at P83.3 million covering the 120-day cycle. ###

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100K children in CV to get free meals


Children who will enroll in government run daycare centers, preschools and supervised neighborhood play groups will get free meals courtesy of the Department of Social Welfare and Development’s (DSWD) Supplementary Feeding Program (SFP).

SFP is the provision of food in addition to the regular meals, to target children as part of DSWD’s contribution to the Early Childhood Care and Development (ECCD) program of the government. The food supplementation will be in a form of hot meals to be served during snack/meal time to children five (5) days a week for 120 days. The feeding program will be managed by parents based on a prepared meal cycle using available indigenous food supplies. Children beneficiaries will be weighed at the start of the feeding and 60 days thereafter and after the completion of 120 feeding days to determine improvement and sustenance in their nutritional status.

Melinda Cañares, DSWD-7’s SFP focal person explained that the budget per meal is P15.00/child/day. The P11.00 is for the purchase of the viand and P4.00 is allocated for the Iron-fortified rice.

Cooking utensils are also pegged at P1, 000 per day care center while the eating utensils cost P75.00 per child.

Cañares added that aside from the provision of free meals, complementary activities are undertaken to fully maximize the impact of the SFP. These include deworming twice a year, Micronutrient Supplementation specifically provision of vitamin A, Nutrition Education (conduct of Parent Effectiveness Seminar, Family Development Session, Pabasa sa Nutrisyon, etc) and Growth Monitoring (monthly weighing & height taking).

She also added that the success of the past six SFP cycles implementation was due to the strong partnership with the LGU’s social welfare offices.

Now on its seventh cycle, DSWD-7 Regional Director Ma. Evelyn Macapobre disclosed that there will be 101,838 target beneficiaries in the region with Cebu Province having 68,036, followed by Bohol and Siquijor with 31,657 and 2,145.

She added that children-beneficiaries of SFP are mostly five years old and below.

Meanwhile, this year’s total fund allocation is pegged at P169,888,860 where P134, 426,160 will be transferred to the Local Government Units (LGUs) for the purchase of viand and rest will be downloaded to National Food Authority for the rice. ###

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SFP targets 121K children in Central Visayas


As part of its commitment to improve the Early Childhood Care and Development Program (ECCD) program of the government, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office VII is targeting 121,419 children in Central Visayas to benefit from its Supplementary Feeding Program (SFP).

Students of Umapad Day Care Center enjoying their meal provided by the Supplementary Feeding Program.

Students of Umapad Day Care Center enjoying their meal provided by the Supplementary Feeding Program.

Of the said target Cebu Province has the most number with about 86,912 followed by Bohol Province with 32,052 and Siquijor with 2,455.

SFP is the provision of food in addition to the regular meals. The food supplementation will be in a form of hot meals to be served during snack/meal time to children five (5) days a week for 120 days.

DSWD-7 Regional Director Ma. Evelyn B. Macapobre bared that SFP targets children 2-5 years old who are under Supervised Neighborhood Play group or enrolled in public Day Care Centers.

She added that the feeding program will be managed by the parents based on a prepared meal cycle using available indigenous food supplies in the area.

“Children beneficiaries will be weighed at the start of the feeding and 60 days thereafter and after the completion of 120 feeding days to determine improvement and sustenance in their nutritional status,” Macapobre explained.

The department has a total fund allocation of P222, 519, 000 for the school year 2016-2017 in the region. Of the said fund P152, 437, 560 is intended for the viand will be transferred to the respective Local Government Units (LGU) in the region while the remaining allocation will be transferred to the National Food Authority for the rice requirement.

Earlier, some P16 million was allocated for the purchase of measuring tools distributed to the selected LGUs.

Meanwhile, in a related development DSWD-7 has also opened a breastfeeding station in support of this year’s nutrition month celebration with the theme “First 1000 days ni baby pahalagahan para sa malusog na kinabukasan.”

DSWD-7 personnel also joined the opening salvo of the said celebration held at SM Seaside and have institutionalized nutrition lectures. ###

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Carmen, Bohol gets P2M for feeding program


Carmen Mayor Ricardo Francisco Toribio (4th from left) receives the Supplementary Feeding Program cheque worth P1,603,200 from DSWD-7 representative Papiasa Bustrillos, Bohol SWAD team leader (3rd from left) during the HEAT-IT caravan last August 28, 2014. The event was joined by top officials from Bohol government spearheaded by Gov. Edgar Chatto (4th from right) and Vice Governor Conception Lim (center). Congressman Arthur Yap also graced the event (2nd from left).

Carmen Mayor Ricardo Francisco Toribio (4th from left) receives the Supplementary Feeding Program cheque worth P1,603,200 from DSWD-7 representative Papiasa Bustrillos, Bohol SWAD team leader (3rd from left) during the HEAT-IT caravan last August 28, 2014. The event was joined by top officials from Bohol government spearheaded by Gov. Edgar Chatto (4th from right) and Vice Governor Conception Lim (center). Congressman Arthur Yap also graced the event (2nd from left).

CARMEN, Bohol- In line with the continuation of the Supplementary Feeding Program (SFP) that is now on its fourth cycle, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) 7 has recently turned over P1,603,200 to the local government unit (LGU) of this town.

The turn over ceremony was done during the Health, Education, Agriculture, Tourism, and its, Information Technology (HEAT-IT) Bohol Caravan which was attended by top officials of the province headed by Gov. Edgar Chatto.

HEAT-IT caravan is joined by national line agencies, provincial government offices, and the private sector where in various services are being offered.

Carmen Mayor Ricardo Francisco Toribio personally accepted the cheque from DSWD-7 representative Papiasa Bustrillos.

The amount given to the LGU will be utilized for the purchase of viand and is expected to benefit more than 1,300 children from Carmen’s 40 day care centers while another P400,800 was allocated for the purchase of rice from the National Food Authority.

SFP complements the Early Childhood Care and Development (ECCD) program of the government.

Aside from the food augmentation support provided to LGUs, SFP aims to improve the knowledge, attitude and practices of children, parents and caregivers through intensified nutrition and health education.

Also, on the same occasion the Bohol Provincial Winners of Huwarang Pantawid Pamilya were awarded and recognized.

Norma Ewican and family from barangay Alegria in this town won first prize with P5,000 cash followed by Margie Albaran and family from La Salvacion also from this town with P3,000. Edith Mahinay and family from barangay Sohoton, Calape went home with P2,000 as third prize winner. Winning families were given certificate of recognition and travel allowance to attend the activity.

Moreover, some 2,000 Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries received family packs from DSWD-7 during the HEAT IT caravan.

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DSWD-7 continues implementation of Feeding Program


The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office VII will continue the implementation of its Supplementary Feeding Program (SFP) in partnership with the 132 local government units in Central Visayas.

“SFP is the DSWD’s contribution to the Early Childhood Care and Development (ECCD) program of the government,” said Regional Director Mercedita Jabagat.

This is the cycle four of the DSWD’s feeding program, which starts its implementation this year until 2015.

A total of Php 230,994,000.00 is allocated for its implementation.

Funds will be transferred to and will be managed by the LGUs. A total of Php 184,795,200.00 will be given to LGUs for the viand while Php 46,198,800.00 will be transferred to the National Food Authority (NFA-7) for the purchase of rice.

“We are investing this much for the SFP because we believe that we are also investing for the future of the country,” Jabagat underscored.

Aside from the food augmentation support provided to LGUs, SFP aims to improve the knowledge, attitude and practices of children, parents and caregivers through intensified nutrition and health education. The end result will be improved and sustained nutritional status of the target children beneficiaries.

Complementary activities are also undertaken to fully maximize the impact of the SFP. These include biannual deworming, micronutrient supplementation specifically provision of vitamin A, growth monitoring and nutrition education like conduct of Parent Effectiveness Seminar, Family Development Session, Pabasa sa Nutrisyon, etc.

The budget per meal is Php 13.00 per child in a day. The Php 10.00 is for the purchase of the viand and Php 3.00 is allocated for the iron fortified rice.

Cooking utensils are also budgeted for about Php 1,000 per day care center while the eating utensils cost at Php 75.00 per child.

The feeding program will be managed by parents based on a prepared meal cycle using available indigenous food supplies.

Children will be weighed at the start of the feeding, 60 days after and after the completion of 120 feeding days to determine improvement of their nutritional status.

Each LGU shall procure the needed goods with proper supporting documents as required under the existing budgeting, accounting and auditing rules and regulations.

Furthermore, LGUs shall take full responsibility in the proper disbursement and liquidation of funds for the implementation of the program.

For cycle four, DSWD targeted about 153,996 children beneficiaries in the region. Cebu has 81,622 children beneficiaries, Negros Oriental with 36,984 while Bohol and Siquijor have 32,739 and 2,519 children beneficiaries, respectively.

SFP, which started in 2011, is a major anti-hunger program of DSWD that provides food supplementation in the form of hot meals to be served during snack and meal time to children five days in a week for 120 days under LGU-managed day care centers and supervised neighborhood play groups.

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DSWD-7, Cebu Province ink MOA for Feeding Program


The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD-7) and the Provincial Government of Cebu inked a memorandum of agreement (MOA) for the Supplementary Feeding Program (SFP).

DSWD-7 Regional Director Mercedita Jabagat and Cebu Governor Hilario Davide III signed the MOA to seal the partnership in a brief ceremony held at the Cebu Provincial Capitol, Cebu City.

Under the agreement, DSWD will continue to provide funds for the purchase of the hot meals (viand and rice) to LGU-managed day care centers and supervised neighborhood play groups. The Cebu Provincial Government will complement the hot meals with milk for the beneficiaries of the SFP.

“Though malnutrition among children is a problem that needs to be addressed by the government, children who are at risk of malnutrition should also be given equal consideration to prevent them from becoming malnourished,” said Jabagat.

The implementation of SFP is already on its 4th cycle. It targeted about 74,508 children beneficiaries. Funds to be transferred to the LGU for viand is Php 89,409,600.00 while the funds to be transferred to the National Food Authority (NFA-7) for the purchase of rice is Php 25, 822,880.00.

Cebu Province will also help the DSWD in providing technical assistance to the LGUs and monitor the implementation of the program. DSWD also commits to provide regular updates to the provincial government and to the LGUs covered by the program.

SFP, which started in 2011, is a major anti-hunger program of DSWD that provides food supplementation in the form of hot meals to be served during snack and meal time to children five days in a week for 120 days.

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Julie’s Bakeshop Supports DSWD’s Supplementary Feeding Program


In an effort to fight against hunger, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) recently inks Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with Julie’s Franchise Corporation to assist the government’s Supplementary Feeding Program (SFP) at the Julie’s Franchise Corporation Main Office, Cebu City.

DSWD-7 Regional Director Mercedita Jabagat personally signed the MOA to seal the partnership in behalf of Secretary Corazon “Dinky” Soliman for this national project.

Julie’s Franchise Corporation will be donating to DSWD Php 2.00 for every loaf of ‘Bayan’ sliced bread which was sold and will be sold from January to December of this year.

The generated funds will be given to DSWD Central Office which will then be forwarded to the regional offices for the purchase of growth monitoring tools like weighing scales and height boards, needed to monitor the beneficiaries’ nutritional status in all day care centers and supervised neighborhood play groups nationwide.

“We are pleased to have this partnership with Julie’s Bakeshop and hope that loyal customers of Julie’s will support this endeavour and contribute to the government’s efforts in fighting malnutrition in the country,” said Regional Director Mercedita Jabagat.

SFP, which started in 2011, is a major anti-hunger program of DSWD that provides food supplementation in a form of hot meals to be served during snack and meal time to children five days in a week for 120 days. Under this feeding program, children beneficiaries aged 3-5 years old.

Founded by owner Julie Gandionco in 1981, Julie’s Bakeshop is now one of the largest bakeshop chains in the country. Last year, Julie’s Franchise Corporation has made partnership with World Fund Program (WFP) in launching ‘Bayan’ sliced bread to support WFP’s School Feeding Program. (PR – Kerwin Macopia)

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Funds Poured for Supplementary Feeding in San Isidro


The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Regional Director Mercedita Jabagat recently turned over Php 297,600 funds for the implementation of the third cycle of the Supplementary Feeding Program (SFP) in the town of San Isidro, Bohol.

The feeding program was launched in 2011.

About 248 children enrolled in all 12 Day Care Centers in the town are expected to benefit from the program this year.

SFP is the provision of food supplementation in a form of hot meals to be served during snack/meal time to children five days in a week for 120 days. Under this feeding program, children beneficiaries aged 3-5 years old. This will be managed by the parents based on a prepared meal cycle using available indigenous food.

So far, San Isidro was the first LGU to implement SFP of the 132 towns and cities for the first cycle in the whole region. This program was made possible in partnership with the LGU’s.

SFP aims to improve the knowledge, attitude and practices of children enrolled in government pre-schools through intensified nutrition and health education aside from provision of augmentation support in their regular meals.

On the same occasion, Sen. Manny Villar also released Php 250,000 funds from his Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) for the said town.

DSWD-7 also participated in the Nutrition Month Celebration with the theme: “Gutom at Malnutrisyon, sama-sama nating Wakasan!” to increase awareness on hunger issues and to mitigate hunger and malnutrition, to encourage stakeholders to contribute in addressing hunger issues and to advocate for stronger political action to end hunger. (PR – Kerwin Macopia)

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