In accordance with Republic Act No. 11037 or the Masustansiyang Pagkain Para sa Batang Pilipino Act – a law on the establishment of a national feeding program for undernourished children in public day care centers, kindergarten and elementary schools, the Cavite Provincial Council for the Protection of Children launched the first Milk Feeding Program in the City of Trece Martires on December 16, 2019 at Sunshine Ville Child Development Center, Barangay Cabuco.
Selected as pilot LGU of the newest program, Trece Martires City is one of the LGUs with high number of undernourished children due to the transfer of residences of former informal settlers from other cities. The PCPC aims to assist the Child Development Center (CDC) with high incidence of undernourished children by providing the Milk Feeding Program. With the target 100 beneficiaries from Sunshine Ville 1 & 2, the program will benefit the vulnerable group of children aged 2-4 years old.
Mayor Gemma Lubigan in her short message thanked the provincial government and the PCPC for selecting the City in the program launching. She urged the parents to give their full support to the program to improve the nutritional status of their children. Likewise, Ms. Nora de los Santos, City Social Welfare and Development Officer reminded the parents to avoid giving their children artificial drinks. The City government provided playpen, educational materials, building blocks and rubber mats during the launching. On the other hand, Ms. Brendalyn Salazar, Social Welfare Officer IV of the PSWDO gave a brief orientation of the program from identifying a CDC with high prevalence of underweight children, initial weighing, deworming and monthly reweighing to monitor and evaluate the progress weight of the child. Aside from the supplementary feeding, mothers’ class sessions will also be conducted among the guardians and mothers of the recipients. The 120-day MFP will start on January 6, 2020.
Also present in the event were City Councilors, Provincial and City Social Welfare and Development staff, and parents of the children beneficiaries.