The Department of Social Welfare and Development has recorded 61.46 percent rehabilitation among underweight children enrolled in Early Childhood Care and Development (ECCD) or day care centers in the region after six months of feeding.
These children benefitted from the Supplementary Feeding Program (SFP) of the DSWD. Around 42,696 day care children were weighed upon the beginning of the feeding cycle in 2015. Of these children, 3,780 were measured to be underweight. After six months of feeding, the number of underweight children decreased to 1,457 out of the 41,871 day care children weighed.
Children with normal weight have also increased from 38,705 to 40,250.
“We are pleased to see an improvement in the nutritional status of our day care children. These developments can be accounted to the concerted effort of our partners and stakeholders” DSWD OIC Regional Director Janet P. Armas said.
SFP focal person Eleonor Bugalin added that for the past year, the DSWD has accounted some practices of its partners that helped in the implementation of the program, such as the conduct of parent effectiveness sessions initiated by the local government of La Trinidad in Benguet.
Day care parents and guardians are required to attend these sessions, which focus on topics like childrens rights, proper child care, nutrition, and family and child development. Parents and guardians unable to attend the sessions pay P200 as fine. The amount collected is used to augment in providing the needs of the day care centers.
Among these centers is the Camp Dangwa Day Care Center located inside the Police Regional Office-Cordillera in La Trinidad.
Aside from the strategy, day care worker Miriam S. Botongen coordinates with the PRO-Cor and other agencies. As a result, physical fitness activities and annual medical and dental checkup have been conducted to the Camp Dangwa Day Care children.
Other activities involving the children conducted include the “Batang munti, kalingain, kalusugan pagyamanin” project; tree planting, which teaches children how to protect and preserve the environment, recycling of waste materials, and Gulayan sa Day Care Center Project.
“We commend our partners who give beyond what is expected of them. Their strategies are valuable inputs for our department to further improve our service delivery. We hope that our partnership with them continues to flourish this year. We are optimistic this will help our clients for an improved accessibility of our programs and services,” Armas said.