Carabao milk program for underweight kids on-A A +A
Thursday, August 14, 2014
BUGALLON, Pangasinan - The Municipal Government launched a program that provides daily milk supply to improve the nutritional status of the underweight children in this town.
At least 221 severely underweight children aged 0-71 months old have been receiving 200-milliliters of carabao milk drink daily since July 24. The 90-day milk supply is delivered to the kids from the 24 villages in the town.
The program dubbed "Adopt a Severely Underweight Child" is part of the Municipal Government's joint action and initiatives in partnership with the local government unit (LGU) and the private sector.
Other malnutrition programs in the town include supplemental feeding for day care centers pupils for 120 days in barangays.
Espino said the provincial health office has identified Bugallon as number one among towns with high prevalence of malnutrition.
The validation conducted by municipal health office on nutritional status of the children in Bugallon identified 668 underweight and 221 severely underweight children of the over 10,000 children aged six year old and below.
"Our target is zero malnutrition," Espino said.
The local chief executive said that they are expecting integration of their programs such as the milk program and the intensification of their carabao industry.
The milk supply in their milk program for kids is being taken from the Philippine Carabao Center (PCC) processing plant in Asingan town.
Espino said that once the carabaos awarded by the PCC to the Bugallon local government through the Free Farmers Federation start milking, the town can cater to their own demand for nutritious milk.
He added that at least 32 of the carabaos are now pregnant and are anticipated to begin milking in October.
Espino said they are also eyeing to be the carabao milk processing center in the western and central Pangasinan.
He said if their carabao industry continues to flourish, there is a plan to put up a carabao milking station in either Bañaga or Salasa village, with the LGU shouldering the building while the PPC donating the equipment. (PNA)