Legarda expects better performance from SFP after P1B realignment
With another P1 billion realigned to the Department of Social Welfare and Development’s Supplementary Feeding Program (SFP), Sen. Loren Legarda expects the agency to provide more assistance to its intended beneficiaries.
“We want to provide better support for this program, which aims to improve the nutritional status of the targeted beneficiaries. Moreover, since the feeding program is being managed by parents, it improves the knowledge, attitude and practices of children, parents and caregivers in nutrition and health education,” the lady politiko, who is also Senate Committee on Finance chair, said.
SFP is the provision of food in addition to the regular meals of targeted children for a cycle of 120 days.
It is DSWD’s contribution to the Early Childhood Care and Development (ECCD) program of the government.
Target beneficiaries of the program are 2-4 year old children in supervised neighborhood play (SNP), 3-4 year old children enrolled in Day Care Centers, and even 5-year old children not yet enrolled in the Department of Education (DepEd) pre-school but are enrolled in Day Care Centers.
Parents, who manage the program, follow a prepared meal cycle using available indigenous food supplies.
The usual menu includes rice, meat or fish, and vegetable dish like adobong manok with saba, pesang isda with kamote, sarciadong itlog with upo, vegetable patties, and fruits.
Legarda said she hoped to further improve the program so that the raw ingredients would be sourced from vegetable gardens in house backyards, communities and DepEd schools.
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