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500k school kids are malnourished–DepEd

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While Christendom is feasting on holiday food, poverty forces over half a million elementary school pupils to severe malnutrition.

The Department of Education (DepEd) disclosed that 562,262 pupils in kindergarten and elementary levels (Grades 1 to 6) enrolled in public schools this year are considered “severely wasted” based on a nutritional status report as of Aug. 31 this year.

These pupils are the target beneficiaries of a school-based feeding program to restore them to health and to keep them in school.

The DepEd, through its Health and Nutrition Center (HNC), said, however, it can only feed 42,372 school children, or 7.54 percent of the identified severely malnourished pupils, in 1,010 public elementary schools in 28 provinces.

For the feeding of more than half a million malnourished pupils, school officials and teachers have to collaborate with their respective local governments, nongovernment organizations, parent-teacher associations and other community volunteers for support, Education Secretary Armin Luistro said in a recent directive.

Schools were also encouraged to plant malunggay (moringa) trees and establish vegetable gardens to source ingredients for the children’s hot meals.

The school-based feeding program used to address “short-term hunger” experienced by children who do not eat breakfast and/or walk long distances to reach school, resulting to their inattentiveness in class or in frequent absences.

But since its implementation in 1997, the feeding program has shifted to addressing the more serious problem of undernutrition among school children, according to DepEd.

DepEd said the feeding intervention targets young pupils since they are in critical stage of mental and physical development and are vulnerable to illnesses and malnutrition. The dropout rate is also higher among younger pupils.

Luistro said the feeding program aims to rehabilitate at least 70 per cent of the severely wasted school children back to normal nutritional status at the end of 100 to 120 feeding days.

The program also seeks to increase the children’s attendance by 85 to 100 percent and to improve the children’s health values and behavior.

The DepEd said each hot meal costs about P15 based on developed recipes using malunggay.


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Tags: Children , diet , Education , elementary school pupils , malnourished , Malnutrition , Philippines , Poverty


  • http://profile.yahoo.com/P4PIU2AIGVXJNQ4UBH5X64MSFE mr

    Pero dami nating fat politicians, police, at mga priests.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/ZML5N2RBL5P6XZ7PR5BM4Q7YUE fair play

    I think it is more than that. Just take a look at the students at rural elem schools, majority are malnourished and underweights!

  • kilawon(the return)

    the 7.% economic growth is a nil, unless it would trickle down to the underprivileged people!. what we need is a stronger institution from our government so that all basic services could be met. Now we know why filipinos has an IQ average of 86 according to  studies, because, we cant provide a good education to the poor children….. we are so way behind to our asian neighbors who tops from world rankings! ie. hongkong,skorea,japan,china and indonesia. tsk

    • buttones

      I’m not saying you are wrong but is it really true about the IQ? Where is that statistic from? Having said that of course it will always be true “We are what we eat”

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/O3ENWYQ6FDNIXMUJDQ7HP2TLQM rey

    and i thought that our economy was doing good.

  • akimaxx

    Identify and publish the 28 provinces and the number of children who were malnourished.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/36O4ZGE5JY24XE4XQOXBM6O4WE Klepto

    Wow, habang ang mga anak ng mga pulitiko na kung wala sa mga private schools ay nasa overseas schools nag aaral. At ang nag papaaral sa kanila ay pera at buwis ng mga magulang ng mga gutom na bata.

  • TUMBOKIN

    Seriously 500,000!!!
    Half a million is a substantial number of malnourished students.
    How can one’s brain work properly if it is starving from fats, proteins, carbohydrates, vitamins etc etc

    These problem has to be addressed instantaneously otherwise learning would be futile.
    LGUs and NGOs should gang up and resolve this.
    This is a real rescue so unlike the ones we see on TV with men clad in their fancy uniform and equipment! That is only good for photo ops.

  • boybakal

    500K school kids are malnourished–DepEd…

    This is good news.
    Imagine we have 2 million kinder school children and 15million elementary, no high school figures, only 500K are malnourished.
    We should be glad.

    • pangitbudhiko

      glad for what 500 k mal nourished it should be zero

  • UrHONOR

    >>>500k school kids are malnourished–DepEd<<<

    500K government officials SUPER-NOURISHED….balansiyado!

  • nea

    So sad 500k school kids are malnourished.. In America the problem is obesity.

  • kuraratsa

    while some corrupt politicians are very healthy.

    • buttones

      Not really, there’re just overweight that’s all…

  • mekeni62

    sad note is some of them do not even have anything to eat before they go to school

  • suroy_suroy

    I forwarded this article to all the archbishops and bishops (or mitsubishops as some commentar said) and wish them a MERRY “CHRIST”MAS and hope they had all a good barp after their opulent christmas meals.

  • tekateka

    They are the responsibilities of the Church!!!

  • Melanie Constantino

    Time and again, statistics showing an alarming rate of malnourished Filipino children appear, in the hope of catching the attention of many about this situation. But the question is, what has been done over the years to address this issue? Instead of trying to put sole focus on short-lived feeding programs, why not try educating and empowering those responsible for the rearing of these affected children. Lack of information and education, and the capacity of (parents) to sustain (families) are but two of the main factors government must consider if they really want to lessen the percentage of malnourished schoolchildren. Why not collaborate with professionals in the culinary trade into creating affordable-yet-healthy meal programs that mothers can follow at home? Why not engage parents into planting their own crops, even with the simplest of implements they can use just so they wouldn’t have to worry of not having any food to put on their table? Statement of these facts can catch the attention of many, but not remedy the issue or problem behind it. Stating these facts and doing something about it, with the help of those affected by it, can help resolve this perennial issue. As an old maxim says, “looking at the torn portion in a cloth is one thing, doing something about that torn portion in a cloth is another”.

  • delpillar

    Elementary ako nung late 1970′s.
    Kahit mahirap lang kami sa provincia, si Uncle Sam ay nagpadala ng Yellow Corn, Bulgur, Nutriban na snack sa umaga at merienda sa hapon.

    So basically, hindi kami malnourished noon.

    Sana, sa halip na dole-out sa mga mahihirap at squatter dwellers, pakiinin ulit lahat ng elementary pupils nationwide with power cereal like Bulgur and Yellow Corn or yung tinapay na Nutriban.

    Minsan, nag-uuwi pa ako ng kalahating nutriban noon para sa aking kapatid.

  • rodben

    Tama ka delpillar before no need to bring baon because during recess time free milk nutri-bun in the morning and calamay with calamansi juice in the afternoon whole day kasi pasok namin sa public  schools that time in elementary in Bicol sabi ng APO KO MAYAMAN PALA PILIPINAS NOON MINSAN NA KWENTO KO. My question is where’s now the MULTI-MILLION FUND OF CCT IS THESE SLEEPING?. Anyway baka pagalitan ng Malacanang at mga supporters ang DepEd sa report na ito, will nakagagaan ng feeling if you’re telling the truth di ba?

  • tukmoldinako

    hay, napunta na naman tayo sa usapang ito, asan na yung feeding program ng gobyerno, naibulsa na naman, programang paumpisa lang, pagkatapos mawawala. DEP ED Luistro mga programa mo nagpapahirap sa mamamayan kaya pati mga bata nadadamay, pahabain mo ba naman ang pagaaral ng dalawang taon kaya mga magulang lalong naghihirap, wala ng makain ang mga bata. Sabi ko nanga pang mayaman lang yang K12 mo , magmasid masid ka at marami ng kabataan , drop out nalang, ayun nagpapadyak padyak ang mga lalaki, manga babae mga gumagawa narin ng paraan para mabuhay.

    K12 para maging matalino daw ang produkto natin, yun pala ang gusto mong suportahan ibang bansa at doon sila magtrabaho. kaya yung mga scholars na pinadala sa ibang bansa , di na bumalik nag tnt na lahat. Mga skwelahan tingnan mo rin , 100 mga bata ang isang classroom, may matutunan kaya sila kahit K24 payang panukala mo, masabi lang na may panukalang ginawa. Pang RH yan, magtagumpay kaya o programang hanggang umpisa lang, pera sa RH ipakain nyo nalang sa mga bata, bigyan nyo ng gatas araw araw, parang nutriband nung 70s.

  • buttones

    “Schools were also encouraged to plant malunggay (moringa) trees and establish vegetable gardens to source ingredients for the children’s hot meals“

    As a child of Marcos, all my schools had vegetable gardens and plant nurseries, it was part of schooling, botany and horticultural. We have not progressed a single inch in all that time. Not only that, in urban areas it is a part of everybody’s garden, apart from the people who are to lazy to grow it and steal from my garden. If it is the case that half a million school kids are malnourished that means their younger siblings who are not at school must measure in the millions….

    By the way, a ‘hot’ meal is not necessarily nutritious, burgers and fries is ‘hot’ but it has no nutritional value at all…zero…

    • regd

      Marcos has an illegitimate children? 

      • buttones

        It is an expression, I am also a ‘child’ of Lapu Lapu as well, and yes Marcos did have one- she lives in Australia.. Ok , I should have said ‘child of Marcos’- it would have read better, sorry about that – you..you… you pedant!
        ‘An illegitimate children’? Should that not be “ has illegitimate children’ or -’an illegitimate child’ ?

  • buttones

    I was under the impression that this CCT thingy was designed and implemented to help the poorest so they could feed their kids- what happened? Or was it the case before that there were a million malnourished kids and we have made an improvement…? Eh?

  • Your_King

    That’s a lot of school kids malnourished. How about the ones not documented? Or how about the non-school kids who are malnourished? With those taken into account the number is for sure to be higher. This is all due to Aquino neglecting the lower class Filipinos. And he’ll either continue neglecting them or will make up an excuse and blame someone.



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