Philippines: Milk feeding program to address malnutrition

Apr. 11, 2007

Some 115,000 Grade I public school pupils nationwide will be supplied with locally-produced milk by dairy farmers beginning opening of school year this year.

According to the Department of Agriculture some P70 million has been allocated under the Food for the School Program for School Year (SY) 2007-2008.

In a press statement, it said that these pupils are from 1,151 schools in 23 provinces in the different parts of the country.

A memorandum of agreement has been signed between the Department of Agriculture through the National Dairy Authority, Health and Nutrition Council and the Department of Education.

The FSP aims to address the malnutrition problem among the school children as it provides also a market for locally-produced milk. (PIA XI/prixdbanzon).

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