DepEd implements school-based feeding program for school year 2016-2017

The Department of Education (DepEd), through the School Health Division-Bureau of Learner Support Services (SHD-BLSS), has implemented the School-Based Feeding Program (SBFP) for School Year (SY) 2016-2017 to address undernutrition and short-term hunger among public school children.

DepEd has also issued the Operational Guidelines for School-Based Feeding Program (SBFP) for SY 2016-2017 which aims to improve the nutritional status of estimated 533,425 severely wasted (SW) and 1,385,039 wasted (W) from Kindergarten to Grade 6 by at least 70% at the end of 120 feeding days; and secondarily, increase classroom attendance by 85% and improve the children’s health and nutritional values and behavior.

To ensure the success of the program, school heads monitor the feeding activities and program implementation on a daily basis.  The Schools Division Technical Working Group (SDTWG) monitors the school compliance with the guidelines, procurement process, health and nutritional assessment, and the conduct of complementary activities, such as deworming, food production, waste segregation and composting, and integration of good grooming and personal hygiene.  The Regional Technical Working Group (RTWG)  monitors the activities of the schools division offices, such as the timely release of funds to the SHs, progress of implementation, liquidation of funds, and submission of reports.

All schools are encouraged to establish and maintain a Gulayan sa Paaralan Program (GPP) as a source of ingredients for the SBFP and the families of the beneficiaries to have their own home gardens so that nutritional improvement is maintained at home.  The school GPP coordinator on the other hand coordinates with local agriculture officials to provide training and seedlings for their home gardens.

Undernutrition and short term hunger is a perennial problem among public school children.#