TACLOBAN CITY– Some 191 families from Arteche in Eastern Samar received a sack of rice from the Southern Korean government on Thursday (July 4).

The recipients are beneficiaries of Project SUSAN.E (Sustainable Nutrition and Nanay Empowerment) of the local government unit.

“This is in line with our goal of addressing and solving problem on malnutrition,” Mayor Roland Boie Evardone said.

These families that received a sack of rice from the South Korean government are those with children who are stunted and severely wasted.

For 2024, Arteche town has a total of 191 stunted and severely stunted children ranking them on 17th place among 23 local government units in Eastern Samar.

This is, however, a major decline from the 314 stunted and severely stunted children in 2023 placing them on ranked two among 23 LGUs in the province.

“They are the priority because they have malnourished (stunted) children and these children are also beneficiaries of the HAPAG-ASA feeding program,” Mayor Evardone said.
Project Susan.E is a holistic flagship program of the local government unit of Arteche that aims to address malnutrition through a feeding program, and empowering the mother or father through skills development and livelihood.

The project has other components which includes Masustansyang pagbubuntis, Masiglang kamusmusan (MaMa) which is a 36-month program that secures the nutritional needs of mothers and infant in their first 1,000 days to prevent malnutrition and stunting; then the Lunchbox Library: Healthy Readers On-the-Go!, a 20-week program that focuses on helping children in-school on literacy development incorporating supplementary feeding.