Breakfast Feeding Program 2011-2012 (DepEd Guidelines)
The Department of Education (DepEd) initially conceptualized and
launched the Breakfast Feeding Program (BFP) in 1997 to address the
short-term hunger (STH) syndrome among the public school children.
Short-term hunger is a condition experienced by children who do not eat
breakfast and walk long distance to reach school. As the program
progressed, it shifted to address a more serious problem of
undernutrition which is a global public concern because it commonly
causes death among children. However, this is preventable and treatable
according to World Health Organization (WHO). According to the
DepEd-Health and Nutrition Center (HNC) 2010 Report, 15.58% of the
children in public elementary schools are undernourished and poor health
and nutrition have ill-effects on the academic performance of the
children. Under the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the target is
to reduce the prevalence of undernutrition by 50% in 2015. Thus, the
DepEd issues the Guidelines on the Implementation of the Breakfast
Feeding Program for School Year (SY) 2011-2012 to arrest undernutrition
among school children.
The BFP aims to rehabilitate at least 70% of the beneficiaries at the end of 100-120 feeding days. Specifically, the program aims to ensure 85-100% attendance among the target beneficiaries and improve the children's health and nutrition values and behavior.
Initially, the BFP was implemented in the selected three divisions/regions: namely: Division of Pangasinan under Region I, Division of Bohol under Region VII and Division of Lanao del Norte under Region X. The divisions were selected from among the twenty (21) divisions which are modeling the Quality Management System (QMS) following the policy principles of School-Based Management (SBM). It was expanded to the remaining fourteen (14) regions based on the following criteria:
prevalence of undernutrition;
training provided to school heads on SBM;
capacity of the school heads to manage;
disbursement and liquidation of funds; and
awareness on procurement rules and regulations.
All regional directors (RDs), schools division/city superintendents (SDSs) and school administrators are enjoined to extend full administrative support to the management of the program. The School Health and Nutrition (SHN) personnel are expected to monitor the preparatory activities and the full implementation of the program and ensure submission of Program Terminal Reports (PTRs) at the end of the Feeding Program.
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