Fight vs malnutrition gets boost from Pagcor


Fifty undernourished pupils of Librada Avelino Elementary School in Tondo, Manila enjoyed the nutritious meals served by employees of Casino Filipino Pavilion during a Pagcor feeding program held recently in the said school. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines – It breaks the heart to hear that as many as 562,262 pupils in kindergarten and elementary levels enrolled in public schools have been classified as “severely wasted” or undernourished.

And it is a shame that of 562,262, the Department of Education Health and Nutrition Center (HNC) could only feed 42,372 schoolchildren or 7.54 percent of the identified severely malnourished pupils in 1,010 public elementary schools from 28 provinces.

But DepEd was able to heave a sigh of relief as the heavy task of feeding scores of undernourished schoolchildren has been shared by Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation’s (Pagcor).

Almost 10,000 undernourished school children from 186 public schools nationwide benefitted from the Pagcor’s feeding program that was launched last school year.

Pagcor chairman and chief executive officer Cristino Naguiat, Jr. said the state-owned gaming firm allocated P40 million for its feeding program last school year and it plans to raise the budget to P45 million for the next school year.

“For the coming school year we plan to increase this to about P45 million so that we can have more beneficiaries,” Naguiat said in a statement Monday.

Naguiat said the student-beneficiaries from public schools in Metro Manila and the provinces received an allowance of P40 and P30 per meal per day, respectively.

“Pagcor’s feeding program is conducted every semester for five months through our different Casino Filipino branches nationwide. We provide free nutritious lunch to public school children who have been classified as malnourished,” he added.

Naguiat said Pagcor’s feeding program was the agency’s way of helping the government address the malnutrition problem in the country.

“Our public school children need all the nutrition they can get to help them learn better and absorb all the teachings in school,” he said.

Among the recent beneficiaries of Pagcor’s feeding program was Jaylord Lozano, a 10-year old student of Damñas Elementary School in Digos City, Davao del Sur.

A few months  after he started attending the feeding program in October 2012,  Lozano gained four kilograms and now weighs 26 kilograms. He said he is now more energetic and his grades are higher.

“Salamat sa tulong. Binigyan kami ng libreng pagkain araw-araw. Ngayon pa lang kami nakakain ng ganito, na masarap. (Thank you for the help. We were given free meals every day. It is only now that we are able to eat delicious meals),” Lozano said.

Marilou Sales, principal of the Gabaldon Elementary School in Laoag, Ilocos Norte which is also a beneficiary of the agency’s feeding program – underscored the importance of proper food and nutrition among school children.

Most undernourished children, Sales said,  come from the poorest families whose parents do not earn enough to provide the basic needs for their children.

She also noted that their dropouts are children whose parents decide to stop sending them to school due to severe poverty.

But Sales said they achieved a zero dropout rate after Pagcor selected their students as beneficiaries of the feeding program.

“Malaki ang pasasalamat namin sa biyayang ito dahil ang supplementary feeding program ng Pagcor dito sa school namin ay nakakatulong ng malaki. Yung mga bata nakikita ko na sila ay nae-engganyong kumain at mag-aral. Sa ngayon, wala na kaming mga dropouts pa dahil sa tulong ng Pagcor(We are very grateful for this blessing because Pagcor’s supplementary feeding program in our school helps us a lot. Our students are encouraged to eat and study. To date, we no longer have dropouts because of Pagcor’s help),” she said.

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  • WeAry_Bat

    Such a gray area. I do not want gambling to prosper but on the other hand, they provide better social works than most politicians.

  • Albert Einstien

    HA HA….COA should look at the BILLIONS of DISCRETIONARY & INTELLIGENCE FUND of PAGCOR ….since 2010..if their chairman NAGUIAT was INVOLVED in international bribery scandal…and PNOY the MATUWID DAW never TOUCH him and RE-APPOINTED him AGAIN…. DESPITE of INVOLVEMENT of BRIBERY SCANDAL of the DECADE ..because they are buddies….that means EVERYTHING is DARK…

  • Weder-Weder Lang

    Mabuhay po kayo Pagcor Chief Cristino “Bong” Naguiat.

    Thank you for your generosity. I’m sure the P40 million did not come from your own well-lined pocket, considering your pockets are overflowing with the Okada’s $30 million lobby fund. Now that casinos have continued to be spared from the Anti-Money Laundering Law, there will be more money flowing into your pockets Pagcor Chief Cirstino “Bong” Naguiat.

    But let’s not lose sight of the math. P40 million or P45 million is just 3.75% of the lobby fund Bong got from Okada. Peanuts lang. Why not give more Bong?

    (Ombudsman Morales, what happened to the case filed by a civil servant against Bong Naguiat for misusing Pagcor cars as his children’s school bus service for more than 1 year when complaint was filed?)

    01. youtube video of DZMM discussing the exemption of casinos from AMLA, lobbied by Naguiat with support of PNoy.
    ==> youtube,com/watch?v=teIZLdo9HPo

    02. youtube video of Pagcor Chief Bong Naguiat misusing Pagcor cars & other resources
    ==> youtube,com/watch?v=uQpPP_VxnrQ

    03. abs-cbn video of how PNoy through the help of Ombudsman Morales lets his second cousin former DepEd Jesli Lapus off the hook on the matter of “noodle scam”. even Mar Roxas could not believe why Ombudsman Morales did the unthinkable. such are the special privileges accorded to friends and relatives of PNoy.
    ==> abs-cbnnews,com/video/insights/03/19/12/punto-por-punto-lapus-cleared-ombudsman-noodle-scam

    • Albert Einstien

      pinanood ko GRABE bakit NANJAN pa cya kung si DUQUE na hepe ng CIVIL SERVICE ang nagsasabing dapat ALISIN pag pa-ulit ulit ginamit e….yun empleyado ng pagcor SINUSPINDI 6 months …si NAGUIAT 2 years na ginagamit mga kotse at mga tauhan ng gobyerno pang personal at labag sa batas..bakit pagKKK nasa laya at ME SWELDO pa na MALAKI…lol

      • Weder-Weder Lang

        Ang masaklap niyan dre, si Duque ang nalagay sa hot water dahil sa sinabi niya. DIkit na dikit si Bong Naguiat kay PNoy, kasi siya ang nagregalo kay PNoy ng yellow porsche at humahawak ng pagpondo sa offshore accounts ni PNoy sa SG. Casino, money-laundering, SG’s gaming, offshore accounts, connect the dots.

      • Albert Einstien

        KAYA PALA lagi nakasama sa mga FOREIGN TRIPS pag AALIS si PNOY..sabi ng FREEH REPORT tawag sa KANYA ” MR. INCOGNITO “……MAGALING sa TAGUAN…..mabubuking din yan mga SINASABI mong MONEY LAUNDERING nila…pag DATING ng PANAHON .sana me magWHITE LADY sa CONGRESS….lol

      • Weder-Weder Lang

        after 2016. marami na syang naipon na kaaway ngayon, babalikan pag wala na sya sa poder. kaya nagmamadali din si Kris to run for governor in Tarlac, para may isang Aquino-Cojuangco ang nasa poder.

  • buttones

    So the children of this nation are to become reliant on seedy gambling joints for their nutrition, well that must be a first.. It’s a sad, sad situation isn’t it and it’s getting more and more absurd…..

  • Albert Einstien

    Current PAGCOR Chair Cristino Naguiat – for SIX MONTHS pa lang yan…
    PhP 69,185,374.72 (USD 1.68 million for 6 months 2010 )………bago cya i-upo ni pnoy jan sa pagcor mag-kano sineSWELDO NYA..? DESERVING BA SYA sa HIGANTENG SWELDO..e ang SWELDO ng PRESIDENTE ng RP na 80,000 lang monthly..GRABE…DAPAT i-REFUND nya yan sumobra sa 80,000 a month ABUSO YAN a…

    ang DAMI ng issues sa kanya nanjan pa rin cya?

    NEWS :Feb 27, 2012 Archbishop Emeritus Oscar Cruz, a former official of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP), had earlier called for Naguiat’s resignation amid accusations that he received valuable gifts, including a $6,000-a-night accommodation at the luxurious Wynn Macau Hotel, and $20,000 shopping money from a Japanese casino operator. ……..HINDI ba MALIWANAG BRIBERY in relation to office yan a…kung MATUWID sana si pnoy dahil kaibigan nya si naguiat…PWEDE nya IBABA yun kaso sa INDIRECT BRIBERY .by reason of office lang ELEMENT ng CRIME..pinaparusahan ng Revised Penal Code yan at ANTI-GRAFT & CORRUPTION..bakit AYAW sampahan ng DOJ ang LIWANAG ng KASO..pinipigilan ba si DOJ?

    NEWS 11 September 2012 : House to probe fraud, cheating in Pagcor-operated casinos ….
    The House of Representatives will look into the alleged fraud in casinos
    operated by the Philippine Gaming and Amusement Corp. (Pagcor) which has deprived
    the government of some P200 million in lost revenues, a lawmaker yesterday said

    FREEH investigation report: submitted to gaming committee

    prima facie violations of the United States Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”)

    in September 2010, Mr. Okada, his associates and companies,
    paid the expenses for a luxury stay at Wynn Macau by Chairman Naguiat, Chairman
    Naguiat’s wife, their three children and nanny, along with other senior PAGCOR
    officials, one of whom also brought his family. Mr. Okada and his staff
    intentionally attempted to disguise this particular visit by Chairman Naguiat
    by keeping his identity “Incognito” and attempting to get Wynn Resorts to pay
    for the excessive costs of the chief regulator’s stay, fearing an investigation.
    Wynn Resorts rejected the request by Mr. Okada and his associates to disguise
    and to conceal the actual expenditures made on behalf of Chairman Naguiat.

    September 23, 2010: In an e-mail to Ms. Lai, with a copy to Mr. Okada,
    Mr. Shoji requests that a credit of US 5,000 be extended to each person now
    staying at the Villa for shopping and gaming, up to a total of US 50,000.
    According to Mr. Shoji’s email, the funds are to be advanced by Wynn Macau and
    charged to the Universal City Ledger account

    the free upgrade to a Villa. There is evidence that Mr. Okada personally directed the payments and gifts provided to Chairman Naguiat and his family during their luxury stay at Wynn Macau’s most expensive accommodation in September 2010. On October 5, 2010, Mr. Araki sent an email to Wynn Macau in order to arrange for a “second group of PAGCOR” checking into Wynn Macau on October 8, 2010..what is DOJ/NBI doing kumuha na ng AUTHENTICATEd copy ng report……..BOUNG MUNDO na ang NAKASAKSI nyan DAHIL nk-POST yan sa internet..(EX-99.2 3 d304177dex992.htm REPORT BY FREEH, SPORKIN & SULLIVAN, LLP TO THE GAMING COMPLIANCE COMMITTEE ) …..hindi na pwedeng PAGTAKPAN yan….ALAM ng BOUNG mundo yan… NO SACRED cows madam doj…you should follow the direction of comelec brilliantes at mmda chairman tolentino… ” NO SACRED COWS “..alamin sino sino ang mga PACOR OFFICERs at mga PAMLYA nila na INVOLVED dito sa alleged bibery…….( byahe ng sept 23 & oct 8 2010 )……

    YAN AMOUNT lang na pangSHOPPING at PANG SUGAL…hindi ba BRIBERY yan..pwede rin IBABA sa INDIRECT BRIBERY at ANTI-GRAFT…DOJ ano ba ?

    NEWS Manila Bulletin – Wed, Apr 10, 2013: Pagcor hit over P1.8-B paper deal

    The state-run Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (Pagcor) will waste some P1.8 billion for a paper-based ticket-in/ticket-out (TITO) technology in casino slot machines, which is apparently overpriced yet already outdated.

    NEWS : Thursday, 05 July 2012 Palace swiftly clears Naguiat over CoA query on P8.2-M deal

    He has done it again!
    To President Aquino, his associates or collec-tively known as KKKs (kaklase, kaibigan and kaba-rilan or classmates, cronies and shooting buddies) can do nothing wrong, and this was again proven yesterday as Malacañang brushed off the need for an investigation of his former classmate, Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. (Pagcor) Chairman Cristino “Bong” Naguiat Jr. over an P8.2 million Pagcor contract for the supply of P 8.2 million worth of bottled drinking water without a public bidding that the Commission on Audit (CoA) had questioned.

    “Our audit disclosed that the Pagcor casino branches purchased bottled mineral water and water in five-gallon containers through shopping and through canvass from three suppliers while the total cost for these items procured during the year reached more than the threshold for small value procurement of P500,000,” the report read.

    The procurement of bottled mineral water at the three CF (Casino Filipino) branches was made through shopping notwithstanding the amount involved exceeded the threshold provided under Section 10 of the Revised Implementing Rules and Regulations of Republic Act No. (RA) 9184,” the report said

    TUWID NA DAAN pnoy ?

    HUWAD at kumuNOY na DAAN..pag lagi na lang me PROTEKSYON ang mga KKK….dapat ang BATAS pantay para sa lahat…papano na pag di ka KKK? DOJ NBI kilos na…wag na magBULAG-BULAGAN at magnoynoying…IMBISTIGAHAN nyo na rin INTEL, DISCRETIONARY FUNDS…..& other nontaxable receipts…kun saan dinala at kanino napunta….at TINGNAN nyo rin kung me katotohanan.. yung VIDEO REPORT ni taberna….ginagamit na daw for PERSONAL & PRIVATE USE 2 years ang mga sasakyan at empleado ng pagcor…bakit yung NBI chief, bilbid chief, pdea chiefs at pag-asa chief ETC…..NEWS pa lang ang ALEGASYON TANGGAL na …ito si NAGUIAT paulit-ulit ang KASIKATAN…e matibay pasa madulas na PADER…atneRERE-APPOINT pa GRABE……PAPANO titino ang taong gobyerno at MANINIWALA ang taong bayan kung protektado ang mga kkk ng bawat admnistration?

  • Ako_Hiking

    Hopefully all this helping the poor and helping to feed the hungry Filipinos are not just some elections campaign strategy to get votes. The current Administration has had ample time to help the poor and they have not yet done anything significant to help them. As a matter of fact, Aquino cancelled a major bill that would have helped the poor…the magna carta for the poor.

  • disqusted0fu

    This filthy rich KKK of Pnoy doesn’t mind helping the poor every once in a while, especially when it’s not his money being used. He has gotten so much already from the Aquino government that it would be too selfish and greedy for him not to share P40 million to the less fortunate.

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