TACLOBAN CITY – The regional office of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD-8) has served over 69,000 day care children (DCCh) beneficiaries in Eastern Visayas as part of its implementation of the supplementary feeding program (SFP).
Yvonne Abonales, DSWD-8 officer-in-charge, said that for the 8th cycle implementation of SFP in the region, DSWD-8 has a total of P125,497,800 fund downloaded to partner local government units (LGUs) from the fund allocation of P137,389,000 for last year.
Abonales reported that a total of 69,721 DCCh beneficiaries were served from the targeted children beneficiaries of 76,327 enrolled in 1,967 child development centers (CDCs) from 57 LGUs served by the program across the region.
Based on DSWD-8 record, Biliran with 62 CDCs has served a total of 4,019 day care children (DCCh) beneficiaries; Leyte with 834 CDCs has served a total of 28,711 DCCh ; Sothern Leyte with 54 CDCs has served 2,165 DCCh; Eastern Samar with 244 CDC has served 6,897 DCCh; Northern Samar with 347 CDCs has served 15,566 DCCh ; while (Western) Samar with 426 CDCs has served 12,363 DCCh.
SFP program refers to the provision of food in addition to the regular meals to children currently enrolled in the day care centers as part of the DSWD’s contribution to the Early Childhood Care and Development (ECCD) program of the government.
The food supplementation is in the form of hot meals being served during break/snack time in the morning session or during break/snack time in the afternoon session to children in Day Care Centers (DCCs), and Supervised Neighborhood Play (SNP).