By Restituto Cayubit
BARUGO, Leyte – The successful implementation of the supplemental feeding program (SFP) of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has greatly helped reduce the malnutrition problem in this town, a report from the Municipal Welfare and Development Officer (MSWDO) of this municipality said here last Friday.
Luz Raagas, Barugo MSWDO, told The Manila Bulletin that from 2011 to 2018, the SFP has already spent a total of P12,784,912 in her town for 7,819 day care children beneficiaries served by 36 day care workers in the town’s 36 child development centers.
Raagas said that there was a total of 36 parent organizations in the municipality from all the 36 barangays which participated in the program, particularly in preparing the daily menu.
Raagas claims that the successful implementation of the SFP resulted in a 97 percent improvement on the nutrition and health of the day care children beneficiaries. “Supplemental feeding program has been a big contributor in addressing malnutrition in our town,” Raagas said.
According to the records of the DSWD regional office 8, based in Tacloban City, the town of Barugo was one of the top 10 municipalities in Eastern Visayas that has been continuously implementing the program since 2011.
Barugo is a fourth class coastal municipality in the province of Leyte with 37 barangays. It has a land area of 84.62 square kilometers and a population of 32,745 people according to 2015 census.