Many children aged five years old and below in five Iloilo towns suffer from malnutrition, according to the Provincial Health Office (PHO).
The town of Badiangan posted the highest prevalence of malnutrition in the province. It is followed by San Dionisio, Estancia, Batad and Concepcion.
To address this problem, the Iloilo Provincial Government released over half a million pesos for these poverty-stricken towns.
Neneth Pador, head of the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office (PSWDO), said the P600-thousand financial aid supports the National Government’s 120-Day Supplementary Feeding Program (SFP).
SFP aims “to provide healthy meals among pre-school children nationwide to ensure their mental and physical development.”
Under this program, day care workers and parents are advised to encourage their children to eat nutritious meals made of indigenous or locally-produced ingredients.
The Provincial Agriculture office and PHO have also been implementing parallel programs to eradicate food insecurity in the province. IMT