Pangasinan town’s feeding program brings down malnutrition

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SAN NICOLAS, Pangasinan: The quiet town of San Nicolas in eastern Pangasinan continues to win its fight against malnutrition with the intervention of the government’s supplementary feeding program (SFP) for Day Care pupils. Delia Dalutag, municipal social welfare and development officer, said children from far-flung barangays are now able to eat regularly through SFP. “With just P13 a day from the Department of Social Welfare and Development and the local government unit, children from the 33 villages of the town can eat nutritious food and the family’s budget for food can be used to buy other needs,” Dalutag said. Municipal Nutritionist Lalyn Abaya said the number of severely underweight and underweight children in the 0-71 months category has decreased from 153 in 2014 to 114 in 2015. The number of children categorized under the “wasted” category also significantly dropped from 75 in 2013 to 43 in 2014 and down to only 17 in 2015. Wasted in nutrition means underweight or smaller than the standard for height and weight, Abaya said. Mayor Rebecca Saldivar allowed the year-round implementation of the SFP in her municipality to ensure and prolong its effect to all day care centers.

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