The government continues to implement school-based feeding programs to eradicate malnutrition among students, Malacañang said on Sunday.
Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said in a radio interview that the government has appropriated over P1 billion for the program.
Also, the Department of Education (DepEd) has provided school canteens with guidelines to observe the “serve-only-nutritious food” policy.
Aside from serving nutrient-rich foods like fruits, vegetables and vitamin-fortified products, the government will also make sure that food and drinks are sold at a reasonable price and that canteens are kept clean, he added.
Coloma said the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) is also conducting supplementary feeding programs with the same goal.
Local government units have also partnered with private companies to have their own programs to address the country’s malnutrition problem.
Coloma said concerned agencies such as the Department of Health’s National Nutrition Council, Department of Agriculture, Department of Science and Technology, among other agencies, are also addressing the issue. The government also conducts programs to fight obesity among children, the Palace official added.