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Health and Nutrition Center-Funded School-Based Feeding Program 2013-2014

The Department of Education (DepEd), through the Health and Nutrition Center (HNC), shall implement the School-Based Feeding Program (SBFBP) for School Year (SY) 2013-2014 to address the undernutrition problem and short-term hunger among public school children.
For this school year, the program will prioritize 40,361 severely wasted Kindergarten to Grade 6 pupils in selected schools. At least 70% of the beneficiaries are targeted to be rehabilitated to normal nutritional status at the end of 100-120 feeding days. Secondarily, it aims to increase classroom attendance by 85-100% and improve the children's health and nutrition values and behavior.

DepEd Order No. 87, s. 2012 entitled Guidelines on the Implementation of the HNC-Funded School-Based Feeding Program (SBFP) shall be used as reference in the implementation of the program.

The school head (SH) is expected to monitor daily the feeding activities and program implementation. The division Technical Working Group (TWG) is expected to monitor compliance of the schools to the guidelines, procurement process, health and nutritional assessment, and the conduct of complementary activities such as deworming, food production, wasted segregation and composting, integration of Essential Health Care Program (EHCP), good grooming and personal hygiene and productivity, life, and values development training.

The regional TWG is expected to monitor the activities of the division offices such as the request for funds, submission of required documents from the schools, timely release of funds to the School Heads, progress of implementation, and liquidation of funds.

It is reiterated that schools shall establish vegetable gardens as a source of ingredients for the program and they shall encourage the families of the beneficiaries to have their own home gardens so that nutritional improvement is maintained at home. The families may ask their barangay officials to provide training and seedlings for their home gardens.

The schools implementing School-Based Feeding Program are required to submit a terminal report to the DepEd Central Office (CO) through the regional and divisional offices.

All regional directors (RDs), schools division/city superintendents (SDSs) and school heads (SHs) are enjoined to extend full administrative support to the management of the program.

The Guidelines on the Implementation of the HNC-Funded SBFP for SY 2013-2014 is enclosed for ready reference.
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"Health and Nutrition Center-Funded School-Based Feeding Program 2013-2014" was written by Mary under the Health category. It has been read 3790 times and generated 0 comments. The article was created on and updated on 03 May 2013.
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