DepEd ups funds for undernourished Bicol kids

NAGA CITY—The beneficiaries of the School-Based Feeding Program for School Year 2015-2016 in the Bicol region have been allocated a total of P119,728,000 for the second tranche of the program.
Said amount is expected to benefit the 91,533 severely wasted and wasted learners from kindergarten to grade 6 in Bicol.

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DepEd Order No. 33 s. 2015, which contained such directive, was issued earlier this month to update the total number of beneficiaries per region and schools division office (SDO), in consideration of the updated Nutritional Status (NS) Baseline Report for SY 2015-2016, and to include the following provisions:

Updating of Beneficiaries

The NS Baseline Report for SY 2015-2016 indicates a total of 1,857,866 undernourished learners. Of this, 544,931 are severely wasted and 1,312,935 are wasted.

In SDOs where the number of reported SW and W learners was less than the targeted allotment, the number of beneficiaries and their corresponding funds has been updated.

The excess funds which have resulted in the updating of beneficiaries have been reallocated to provide for additional beneficiaries in schools divisions still with uncovered SW and W learners.

In schools divisions which were provided additional beneficiaries, the additional beneficiaries shall be considered as part of the School- Based Feeding Program for SY 2015-2016.

Additional beneficiaries shall be fed for a total of 100-120 days. To complete the 100-120 feeding days, schools are enjoined to do any of the following:

Continue feeding during the summer;

Continue feeding during weekends; and

Continue feeding during June and July of SY 2016-2017.

Additional beneficiaries should still be included in SBFP monitoring reports, but should be indicated as having started at a later date.

Additional beneficiaries may also be provided iron supplements and hygiene kits as stipulated in DepEd Order No. 33, s. 2015. Funds for this matter may be sourced from remaining SBFP funds or from regular school Maintenance and Other Operating Expenses (MOOE) or local funds, subject to availability of funds.

Across the nation, the there is a total of 1,857,866 undernourished learners. Of this, 544,931 are severely wasted and 1,312,935 are wasted, according to the same DepEd Order.

The Order was signed by Education Secretary Armin A. Luistro FSC on December 9.

The School-Based Feeding Program mainly aims to rehabilitate its beneficiaries to normal nutritional status. Secondarily, it aims to increase classroom attendance from 85% to 100% and to improve the school children’s health and nutrition values and behavior.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM


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