According to the Food and Nutrition Research Institute (FNRI) of the Department of Science and Technology (DoST), the chronic malnutrition rate among Filipino children aged zero to five was at 19.1 percent in 2018. Most of these children belong to the poorest of the population and families are affected due to the lack of nutritious food and long periods of hunger.
To help fight malnutrition and support the Philippine Plan of Action for Nutrition (2017- 2022), the PhilPacific Insurance Brokers and Managers, Inc. (Philinsure) recently partnered with the Philippine Business for Social Progress (PBSP), to conduct the Supplemental Feeding Program, “NutriSapat, Batang Angat” for 30 children at Barangay San Luis in Antipolo City.
The program will help improve the health, growth, and development of undernourished (or below their ideal weight) children in communities by providing them supplemental dietary support for 120 days or six months.
The program will educate households, particularly mothers, on basic nutrition and food preparation, and healthy eating habits among children to ensure the sustainability of the intervention.
Philinsure Human Resource Manager Meloisa Enriquez shared that their aim is to provide an avenue to improve children’s health and support their parents, as well.