Nograles said that for 2019, the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) has initially placed the budget for the DSWD's supplemental feeding
program to P3.5 billion which is just about P100 million higher than the P2018 budget and around P5.4 billion for DepEd's school feeding program.
There are around 21,687 children in Day Care who will be eligible for a supplemental feeding
program, said Lorelyn, Bayog Information Officer.
The bill provides that under the Supplemental Feeding
Program, the NNC, in consultation with the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), is tasked to create a system of distribution of food packets, through the barangay health workers, for those targeted by the system.
Per a Commission on Audit report, the DepEd 'delayed the release' of P1.4 billion out of the total P2.4-billion feeding budget in 2015, disbursing the funds to schools in the middle of November when the program was designed to provide supplemental feeding
for 120 days.
Leo Rafael Cueva thumbed up the proposed Supplemental Feeding
Program of the National Nutrition Council.
Under the Gabay Nutrisyon supplemental feeding
program, the children are provided with different heavy merienda every feeding day such as soup, spaghetti and champorado.
The national feeding program has several components, including a supplemental feeding
program for Day Care children ages three to five years.
Through Kiehl's, Isabelle and Erwan, underprivileged kids age two to eight years old will benefit from a Supplemental Feeding
Program in which one full meal will be provided for them every day of the week.
She said P272,604,339 has already been disbursed to defray programs, such as core shelter, supplemental feeding
, livelihood like provision of pedicabs, motorized bancas, and family kitchen kits, cash-for-work, purchase of forklifts, water dispensers, and payment for satellite internet service.
Some 233 individuals were given free consultation; 44 free tooth extraction; one circumcision by the medical and dental team from the Provincial Health Office (PHO); 200 individuals have availed of the supplemental feeding
program; and 200 were given 5 kilos of rice and sardines by the PSWDO.
Part of the operations budget includes P62.2 billion for the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, P5.9 billion for Social Pension for Indigent Senior Citizens, P4.9 billion for the Sustainable Livelihood Program, and P3.3 billion for the Supplemental Feeding
The BNS also assist in supplemental feeding
for day-care pupils, Gulayan sa Paaralan projects, deworming and immunization of preschool children, distribution of multivitamins, backyard food production and family planning in the barangays.