DepEd assists learners, local manufacturers through School-Based Feeding Program

DepEd assists learners local manufacturers

Edusentro | DepEd assists learners local manufacturers through School-Based Feeding Program | March 9, 2021 – Aside from nourishing healthy learners, the School-Based Feeding Program  (SBFP) of the Department of Education (DepEd) also helped local food processors and dairy  producers in recovering from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

“We want to give our thanks to our partners for the implementation of the school-based feeding  program despite the pandemic because we know that learners still need the food and milk  packs. Nurturing learners is one of our priorities to help them study efficiently,” Education  Secretary Leonor Magtolis Briones shared. 

During the Central Office’s visit to the Schools Division of Rizal and Antipolo City, DepEd Bureau of Learner Support Service (BLSS) OIC Director Lope Santos III pointed out how  schools and local food producers coordinate to provide food commodities to the learners under  the SBFP. 

“’Yong ibang nakita natin ‘tong mga small [and] medium enterprises, ‘yong mga supplier natin  ng nutritious food products ay talagang certified and accredited ng DOST-FNRI, at ‘yong mga  supplier naman ng gatas ay mga kooperatiba ng magsasaka at ka-partner ng National Dairy  Authority at Philippine Carabao Center ” said BLSS OIC-Dir. Santos III. 

According to the field offices, there are three local manufacturers for the milk components  while schools selected the suppliers of their food commodities for the SDO Rizal. SDO  Antipolo City, meanwhile, listed a total of three milk and five nutritious local food product  suppliers. 

In a released report from BLSS, the SBFP already provided Nutritious Food Products (NFP)  to 3,517,807 where 3,136,951 learners with milk ration from more than 33,000 public schools  in the country. It surpassed the benchmark target of 1.7 million beneficiaries, with 205.9%  achievement rate for NFP and 176.69% for milk components. 

OIC-Director Santos III also spearheaded the execution and the actual process from repacking  up to the distribution of the nutritious food and milk to the learners’ parents during their three day visit in Rizal Province. 

“Nakita natin ‘yong actual na supply chain ng School-Based Feeding Program. Nakita natin  ‘yong delivery no’ng both milk and nutritious food products. Na-meet natin ‘yong kanilang mga  supplier. Sinundan natin ito sa actual distribution sa mga eskwelahan na pini-pick up no’ng  mga parents ‘yong food packs at saka ‘yong milk packs… So, maganda ‘yong process kahit  na may pandemic. Nakita natin na tumatakbo ‘yong ating programa.” he added. 

The Central Office team monitored Patricio Jarin Memorial Elementary School, Taytay  Elementary School, Tomas Claudio Memorial Elementary School, San Guillermo Elementary School, and Lagundi Elementary School in SDO Rizal and Bagong Nayon IV Elementary  School, Mayamot Elementary School, and Juan Sumulong Elementary School in SDO  Antipolo City.  

Rizal Schools Division Superintendent Dr. Cherrylou Repia noted the importance of the  program for the less-fortunate learners and local manufacturers who lost their jobs during the  pandemic. 

“Kaya we know for a fact that the feeding program is a ‘come on’ for students to attend classes.  Alam natin ‘yan na nag-improve talaga ang attendance ng mga bata dahil sa mayroon silang  nakakain [from] schools,” shared SDS Repia. 

The team composed of the Office of the Undersecretary for Administration, School Health  Division, and Youth Formation Division also monitored other DepEd programs that include  School Dental Health Program (SDHCP), Gabaldon School Buildings Restoration, Gulayan  sa Paaralan at School Inside a Garden. 

PR-2021-037 

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The Department of Education (DepEd) formulates, implements, and coordinates policies,  plans, programs and projects in the areas of formal and non-formal basic education. It  supervises all elementary and secondary education institutions, including alternative learning  systems, both public and private; and provides for the establishment and maintenance of a  complete, adequate, and integrated system of basic education relevant to the goals of national  development.