'Angat Buhay' plans to feed, improve learning skills of over 200 kids in Iloilo town | Inquirer News

‘Angat Buhay’ plans to feed, improve learning skills of over 200 kids in Iloilo town

/ 07:34 PM September 06, 2022
A nutrition program under former vice president Leni Robredo’s Angat Buhay organization is aiming to feed Mingo meals to more than 200 children in an Iloilo town

FILE PHOTO: Children line up for Mingo meals in Panitan, Capiz, that was recently hit by the floods. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

ILOILO CITY — A nutrition program under former vice president Leni Robredo’s Angat Buhay organization is aiming to feed more than 200 children, and improve their learning capacities in an Iloilo town.

On Saturday, the Angat Bukas Convergence Program for Nutrition and Education announced it wants to feed Mingo meals (instant meals made from rice, mung beans, and moringa) to 230-260 children from all 60 barangays of Janiuay town.

ADVERTISEMENT

They will be monitored by the Janiuay local government for six months before, during, and after the feeding program.

Produce from local farmers in the province will also be used for in-school feeding programs for Kindergarten to Grade 3 learners with parent groups and local volunteers to serve as cooks.

FEATURED STORIES

READ: Group fights malnutrition one ‘mingo’ meal at a time

This project was previously implemented by the Office of the Vice President (OVP) under Robredo in the neighboring town of Lambunao together with the Negrense Volunteers for Change (NVC) Foundation, which partners again with the now-private Angat Buhay.

Aside from NVC, other partners include the Philippine Business for Social Progress (PBSP), Philippine Business for Education (PBEd), and local civil society organization Sarangan Ta Dya, composed of former Robredo campaign volunteers in Iloilo province.

PBSP Executive Director Elvin Uy said their focus in the new project is to provide learning interventions to help with elementary learners’ basic literacy and numeracy skills.

Angat Buhay Executive Director Raphael Martin Magno, the private partners, and Rep. Lorenz Defensor of Iloilo’s third district signed a memorandum of agreement to formalize the program.

Angat Buhay treasurer Camille Genuino said this complemented the already-existing Community Learning Hubs (CLH) in the towns of Oton, Pavia, San Joaquin, Santa Barbara, and Tigbauan, which were initiated under Robredo’s office.

READ: Group targets 10M mingo meals in January 2020

ADVERTISEMENT

Genuino added that they would also seek to start a CLH in Janiuay town, and all CLHs will now be refocused on literacy and numeracy tutorials as learners begin to return to in-person learning.

“Angat Buhay has four pillars—education, nutrition and health, community engagement, and disaster relief and rehabilitation. Our focus in Iloilo province is [on] education and nutrition and health. We’ve created Community Learning Hubs where learners have access to Wi-Fi and tutorials on how to use computers,” said Genuino.

“We have done this in the pandemic to help print modules, conduct research, and now our focus is to convert them into tutorial centers because they are starting to go back to school. So, what they need is support, especially in literacy and numeracy,” she added.

Congressman Defensor said he is looking to replicate the program with the non-government organizations in the neighboring towns of Maasin and Badiangan.

He also mentioned that Angat Buhay and its private partners have committed to building new classrooms in January.

RELATED STORIES

Robredo turns over Angat Buhay housing units in Albay

Ex-VP Robredo, Angat Buhay execs meet with Tulfo to discuss programs

Robredo launches Angat Buhay Foundation

Your subscription could not be saved. Please try again.
Your subscription has been successful.

Subscribe to our daily newsletter

By providing an email address. I agree to the Terms of Use and acknowledge that I have read the Privacy Policy.

Read Next
Don't miss out on the latest news and information.

Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.

TAGS: Angat Buhay, Feeding program, Iloilo
For feedback, complaints, or inquiries, contact us.
Your subscription could not be saved. Please try again.
Your subscription has been successful.

Subscribe to our daily newsletter

By providing an email address. I agree to the Terms of Use and acknowledge that I have read the Privacy Policy.



© Copyright 1997-2023 INQUIRER.net | All Rights Reserved

We use cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. By continuing, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more, please click this link.