LEGAZPI CITY, April 28 (PNA) -– The provincial government of Albay announced Thursday that 4,608 children (age 0 to 5) have benefited from “Oplan Timbang” and feeding project under the Nutrition Package Program.
The Albay Millennium Development Goals Office (AMDGO) has conducted feeding, medical and dental operations in different depressed barangays, in partnership with private organizations.
The feeding project of the provincial government aims to eradicate undernourished children in 2015. “This is part of achieving the Millennium Development Goals 1, which is alleviation of poverty,” Albay Governor Joey Salceda said.
Supplemental feeding is given to recipient for 120 days five times a week.
Salceda said that the supplemental feeding will boost the energy and resistance of these children to prevent them from getting sick.
The children beneficiaries received free meal every afternoon as well as vitamin supplements that are needed to nurse the undernourished kids back to health.
“Malnutrition is highly preventable. We just have to support the basic food and nutritional needs of our citizens, especially the underprivileged children.”
In this program, he said, "we do not only address hunger and undernourishment, but also teach our people that being healthy is not costly because the essential nutritional needs of our children are contained in economical products such as breast milk, and fruits and vegetables which can easily be planted in backyards and vacant spaces."
Ryan Altavano, AMDGO project monitor said that supplemental feeding is being implemented by the province every six month. (PNA)