Ending the cycle of hunger

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By Lorenzo E. Mendoza

The Scribe’s Corner

Sunday, July 6, 2014

DIRECTOR’S Cut: (This portion features the thoughts of DepED 11 OIC Regional Director Nenita E. Lumaad, CSEE to all stakeholders and recipients of the efforts to improve the basic education) "You have to be familiar with all the programs and projects of our organization and you have to be accountable to each one. There should be sense of urgency in whatever you do.”

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On the 4th of July, this year, DepEd Officials headed by DepEd Undersecretary for External Linkages Mario A. Deriquito, Health Division Chief Ma. Corazon Dumlao, Regional Director Nenita E. Lumaad and ESSD OIC Mariblanca Piatos met with the local government officials of Davao del Norte headed by Governor Rodolfo P. del Rosario during the orientation and workshop of the School Based Feeding Program.


These officials were joined by the schools division superintendents of the four school divisions in Davao del Norte namely Josephine Fadul of Davao del Norte, Ma. Ines C. Asuncion of Panabo City, Eufemia Gamutin of Igacos and OIC-ASDS Christine C. Bagacay of Tagum City representing SDS Cristy C. Epe who was on official business, Nutrition focal person for DepED Region 11 Nelly Fabia, other division officials, NGOs and other sponsors.

Part of the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) is the enhancement of the health and education status of children.

To help achieve these MDGs, DepEd has been conducting School-Based Feeding Programs (SBFP) since 2010.

DepED, through its regional offices, identifies students nationwide who are malnourished. SBFP beneficiaries are selected based on this database.

DepEd works with LGUs and private partners like Jollibee (Busog, Lusog, Talino Program) for other feeding programs outside SBFP.

School canteens are also tasked to help in the elimination of malnutrition among students.

The DepEd guidelines on canteen operations include banning junk foods detrimental to a child’s health, serving nutrient-rich foods (i.e., fruits, vegetables, fortified products), reasonable prices and clean preparations and facilities.

Starting June 2014, DSWD will take charge of both SFP and DepEd’s SBFP, but both agencies will continue working together towards improving children’s health and education.

DepEd and DSWD monitor and evaluate children’s weight before and after the feeding programs to determine if the students have reached their ideal nutritional status.

Part of the goal is to educate families about health and nutrition, so that they could sustain the progress children have made during the school feeding programs.

Aside from providing nutritious food, DepEd mandates schools to provide nutrition, proper grooming and hygiene counseling for both students and parents. It also has a deworming program, in partnership with the Department of Health (DOH).

DSWD also teaches parents how to prepare affordable yet nutritious meals through Parents Effectiveness Sessions.

It is hoped that with the help of our partners in the private sector, LGUs, and now DSWD, the school feeding programs will be further improved in the succeeding years and more students will benefit.
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You can access DepEd Updates, latest issuances, photos and other relevant information through our website: http://www.deped.gov.ph and our Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/deped.regionxi. For comments, suggestions and/or contributions, send your email to region11@deped.gov.ph. For queries, complains and other concerns for the different schools divisions email them to davao.city@deped.gov.ph, davao.delsur@deped.gov.ph, davao.delnorte@deped.gov.ph, tagum.city@deped.gov.ph, panabo.city@deped.gov.ph, igacos@deped.gov.ph, davao.oriental@deped.gov.ph, digos.city@deped.gov.ph, mati.city@deped.gov.ph and compostela.valley@deped.gov.ph

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on July 07, 2014.


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