DSWD Director Priscilla N. Razon [5th from right] hands over to Davao City OIC Administrator Atty. Zuleika T . Lopez and Assistant City Administrator Atty. Tristan Dwight P. Domingo two checks amounting to P31,087,857.6 for the Supplementary Feeding Program of day care children.

DAVAO City – The Supplementary Feeding Program for Enrolled Children in Day Care Centers here resumes in July following the turnover of the additional P31,087,857.6 to the city government Monday by DSWD Director Priscilla N. Razon.

In 2011, DSWD downloaded to the city government P29,232,050, bringing to a total of P60,319,907.6 Supplementary Feeding funds dedicated to Davao City day care children. On top of this, DSWD has allotted P15,850,920 to the National Food Authority for the iron-fortified rice intended for the program.

OIC City Administrator Zuleika T. Lopez accepted the check and expressed her gratefulness to DSWD at the turnover rites after the flag raising ceremonies Monday which was attended by city officials and employees of different departments.

Covering three school years, this SFP fund targets 46,588 day care children enrolled in 338 Day Care Centers throughout the city.

The Supplementary Feeding Program (SFP) is being undertaken nationwide to address the increasing prevalence of under- and over-nutrition among Filipino children as revealed in the 2008 National Nutrition Survey by the Food and Nutrition Research Institute of the Department of Science and Technology.

Further, the latest survey [2006] of the Family Income and Expenditure Surveys (FIES) conducted by the National Statistics Office shows that about 11 percent of Filipino families had incomes that cannot buy the food needed by family members for nutritional well-being and health. These families could be considered as hungry and food-poor.

Towards improving the nutritional status of all the target children, the SFP is an augmentation support in the feeding program of local government units using indigenous foods and/or locally processed foods equivalent to 1/3 of Recommended Energy and Nutrient Intakes (RENIs). The program also aims to improve knowledge, attitude and practices of children, parents and caregivers through intensified nutrition and health education.

Feeding in a form of daily hot meals is provided within 120 days. The feeding program is managed by parents who have been organized into Day Care Service Parents Group (DCSPG) with different working committees. The parent committee on Food Preparation provides voluntary labor for the cooking/preparation of food and management of feeding sessions. Parents are also required to attend all the nine (9) capability-building sessions on self, family and parenting, health nutrition, love of country, and home and environment.

Aside from feeding, children are taught proper hygiene such as washing hands before and after eating, table manners, prayer before and after meals, simple concepts on health care and nutrition, among others.

At the outset of the feeding cycle, all children are de-wormed and their nutritional status determined by the day care worker in coordination with the Barangay Nutrition Scholar (BNS) or Barangay Health Worker (BHW) using the weight-for-age and height-for-age measurement based on the new WHO Child Growth Standards or the ECCD growth chart. DSWD