Feeding program should be institutionalized-Celso PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 03 March 2017 11:17

by DEXTER YAP

Congressman Celso Lobregat expressed his strong manifestation in institutionalizing the National Schools Feeding Program (NSFP) of the Department of Education in all government learning institutions all over the city and the country in general.

Being a Co-Author of House Bill 0034 in Congress which is an “Act institutionalizing the National School Feeding Program for public kindergarten and elementary pupils and appropriating fund therefor”, Lobregat is pushing for the sustainability of such program which is truly beneficial to all the pupils in Day Care centers, pre-school and elementary who are enrolled in public schools.

The so-called Free Breakfast Program is being imposed by the Department of Education in order to address the high-prevalence of malnutrition, it shall be implemented in all public schools throughout the whole country since almost all school children enrolled therein come from poor families and suffer from undernourishment and malnourishment affecting their capacity to attain and maintain academic performance.

These children coming to school with practically no breakfast from home cannot be expected to absorb their lessons in school while suffering hunger pangs.

Congressman Lobregat said that the program called Philippine Plan of Action for Nutrition (PPAN) also serves as the springboard or the country’s plan for the Philippine government’s goal to decrease the prevalence of malnutrition in the country. It integrates the efforts of the national government, local government units (LGU’s), non-governmental organizations (NGO’s), including community-based NGO’s, the business sector, and the international community in assisting target beneficiaries.

Lobregat said that there is therefore an urgent need to fine-tune this program of the DepEd and enhance the same by providing a free breakfast program not only to day care centers, preschools but also to all public elementary schools in the country.

House Bill 0034 is now being reviewed by the Committee on Basic Education and Culture in the House of Representatives for approval in the plenary the soonest possible time. – Dexter Yap