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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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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!!!



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