BANGUED, Abra, Jan. 15 (PIA) -- About 4,249 Abrenian children are expected to benefit from School-Based Feeding Program (SBFP)Milk Component of the Department of Education (DepEd).
DepEd-Abra Schools Division Office and the Department of Agriculture-Philippine Carabao Center (DA-PCC) led the official launching of theprogram in the province, which is part of governmentinitiative of institutionalizing a national feeding program for undernourished children in public schools.
Dr. ApolinarTurquezaof the Abra SDO School Health Section explained that providing the undernourished children with milk will eventually develop and improve their nutritional status and school performance.
"This program will not only bring nutritious products for undernourished learners for a short period of time but also improve their milk drinking habit as they grow up,"he stressed.
A single pack contains 250 milliliters of nutritious milk packed with protein, calcium and potassium. For Abra, PCC is the direct supplier ofmilk under this project.
Melinda Galacgac, Research Analyst of DA-PPC at theMariano Marcos State University, informed the school heads on the proper handling and storage of fresh and pasteurized carabao milk.
Since it is highly perishable product, each school is provided with coolers as storage for the fresh milks.
Assistant Schools Division Superintendent Dr. Soraya T. Faculo assured that of DepEd Abra will provide technical assistance to all the schools implementingthis milk feeding program. (JDP/CAGT - PIA CAR, Abra)