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DSWD, Rotary Bay roll out feeding programs

ORMOC CITY – The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Regional Office 8, in partnership with the office of Leyte 4th District Representative Lucy Torres-Gomez and the city government headed by Mayor Richard Gomez, has launched its 120-day supplementary feeding for 800 pre-schoolers in four barangays on Monday, January 23. The P1.2 million-worth project aims not just to achieve ideal height and weight of undernourished children, but also to encourage parents to send their children to school to learn while enjoying healthy meals that they themselves
prepared.

The menu includes rice, viand and vegetables, which were planned by dieticians and nutritionists from their central office to ensure its nutritious components. Naungan, Linao, Curva and Tambulilid were given 200 slots each with a P48,000 weekly budget. DSWD and representatives from the Vice Mayor Toto Locsin Jr. represented the LGU during the launching of the “iWeighOk” program of the Rotary Club of Ormoc Bay in Dayhagan. congressional office are the ones who procure the goods every Sundays. “Parents are discouraged to take the food home because we are not sure if the children will really eat them. Here we are able to guide them from food preparation to after care,” said Richelle Salan, DSWD 8 project development officer. She added that children
from 2 to 5 years old who are able to meet their ideal height and weight may also avail of the program to maintain their height and weight. The program will be monitored every month with the help of child development workers in every barangay.

On the other hand, the Rotary Club of Ormoc Bay led by its president Dr. Jonalyne Socrates-Villaplaza, has also launched a feeding program in the barangay of Dayhagan on January 25, Wednesday.
Called the “iWeighOk”, feeding program will span 90 days and implemented in coordination with the City Health Office and the Nutrition Council of Ormoc. According to Villaplaza, the village
was identified as having the third highest number of undernourished children. She said the club would enroll around 50 children to the program. Every Wednesday and Fridays, the club will do “wet feeding” with members taking turns in supervising the feeding. On other days, the children will be fed meal packs which will be done in their homes.

The club has already done two feeding programs in other barangays, and Villaplaza said the results were encouraging. “The children really gain weight,” she said. With reports from Tonette Marticio, Joseph Pilapil and LMJ



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