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Supplementary feeding boosts Pantawid child’s academic performance

Cagayan de Oro City — A mother in this city claimed that her child becomes mentally and physically alert after undergoing supplementary feeding by the Department of Social Welfare and Development in Northern Mindanao.

Lota Janiola, 42 of West Kolambog, Lapasan here is proud that her son, John Manny, 5, received several awards from West Kolambog Day Care Center during the recently concluded recognition day. The Janiola family is a Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program beneficiary under Set 5 B.

Pantawid Pamilya is the national government’s Conditional Cash Transfer scheme that prioritizes health and education for children 0-18 years old through provision of monthly cash grants.

John Manny was awarded outstanding award, best in reading, most friendly and most punctual.

Lota attributed the achievement of her son as a result of good nutrition he earned from the regular feeding program of DSWD, implemented in coordination with the local government unit of this city.

Johnny Manny is one of several day care pupils in his village found to be underweight before the implementation of the feeding program in September 2013. Now, he weighs 15 lbs; earning two pounds from his previous weight of 13.

The younger Janiola has also shifted his choice of favorite food-from hotdogs to vegetables and fruits since his mother became more vigilant in preparing these healthier foods for their family’s consumption.

Asked why she has now become conscious of the foods she brings to her family, Lota says that she has seen the positive changes in her son’s activities and performance in school because of good eating habits and has now decided to maintain the healthy lifestyle. “Kaya nako ang kausaban, ug magsugod kini sa akong pamilya pinaagi sa pagkaon nga among ginahatag para sa among mga bata,” she says.

The feeding program of West Kolambog, Lapasan this city, which culminated last summer, provided variety of vegetables, fruits, and fish for day care pupils.

The supplementary program of DSWD aims to provide food, including locally processed foods, equivalent to 1/3 of the recommended energy intake, and 1/3 of the recommended intake for protein, iron, and vitamin A; to improve knowledge, attitudes and practices of mothers/child caregivers as well as of other family members along key nutritional practices; to monitor the growth of beneficiaries regularly; and to refer beneficiaries to health care facilities as may be needed.

Targets of the program are: wasted infants 6 months to 24 months old, or those with MUAC<115 mm; underweight pregnant women; wasted preschool children 36-71 months old, or those with MUAC<115 mm are the third priority; underweight school-age children; and malnourished children discharged from health facility.

For her part, DSWD Northern Mindanao’s supplementary feeding focal Sheryl Ave, a nutritionist, emphasized that proper nutrition is essential for building children’s bodies.

Ave said it is the energy used to grow child’s body to adulthood and it’s the fuel they need, both to physically get them from place to place, as well as to learn.

Nutrients are the building blocks that grow muscle, support bone density, encourage proper cell development, support immune defense, and develop brain function – all the functions that are necessary to grow your child into a healthy, strong adult.

Without proper nutrition, Ave said, the child will have difficulty learning in school, exhibit poor behavior, be sluggish and have limited energy, or on the opposite end be hyperactive.

 

Written by Oliver Badel Inodeo, DSWD.

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More indigent senior citizens receive pension from DSWD

Cagayan de Oro City – 19,417 senior citizens in Northern Mindanao are now enjoying the benefits of the Social Pension provided by the Department of Social Welfare and Development. This was issued by the DSWD in its first quarter report, revealing that 3,198 are coming from Bukidnon, 843 from Camiguin, 4,910 from Lanao del Norte, 5,304 from Misamis Occidental, and 5,162 from Misamis Oriental.

The Social Pension is additional government assistance in the amount of Five Hundred Pesos (P500.00) monthly stipend to augment the daily subsistence and other medical needs of senior citizens.

Qualified senior citizens are those who are considered frail, sickly, or with disability; without pension from private and government institutions; without permanent source of income, compensation or financial assistance from his or her relatives to support his or her basic needs.

The Social Pension targets those citizens who are under the DSWD’s Listahanan – the national government’s targeting system that identifies who and where the poor are in the country. The same program serves those who are 77 years old and above.

The Social Pension is one of the provisions under Section 5 of Republic Act 9994 otherwise known as the “Expanded Senior Citizen Act of 2010.”

Written by Charmaine P. Tadlas, DSWD

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DSWD taps health officials for measles prevention

Cagayan de Oro City — The Department of Social Welfare and Development in Northern Mindanao has tapped the expertise of local health officials to prevent possible viral infection caused by measles to Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program beneficiaries.

Jerome Humawan, Family Development Session (FDS) focal of Pantawid Pamilya, said the doctors, nurses, and midwives have conducted lectures about the potentially deadly infection during the monthly conduct of FDS in order to protect the beneficiaries against measles, especially children, pregnant mothers and immuno-compromised individual.

Northern Mindanao has 248,606 Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries and is divided into 8,815 cluster group. Each cluster is composed of 30 to 35 households.

Humawan disclosed that during the first two months of this year local health officials intensified its campaign against possible spread of measles virus among beneficiaries.

“It was a region wide activity of FDS where majority of the resource persons are from the Department of Health, registered nurses from RN heals, midwives of LGUs, and city and municipal health officers,” he said.

During the discussion, local health officials emphasized on the importance of measles vaccination to Pantawid Pamilya grantees, as it is a highly contagious disease. A single measles case can infect up to 18 other individuals.

Measles is an infection of the respiratory system, immune system and skin caused by paramyxovirus of the genus Morbillivirus.

During the FDS, the health officials told the parents that most children with measles easily recover, but the illness may cause death because of pneumonia, acute diarrhea with severe dehydration or acute encephalitis.

Pantawid Pamilya is a program of the national government that promotes human capital accumulation by incentivizing the children’s capacity to stay in school. The accumulation of human capital is necessary to break the transmission of inter-generational poverty and to make growth more inclusive while FDS is one of the conditionalities of the program that beneficiaries should comply with in order to receive cash grants.

Written by Oliver Badel Inodeo, DSWD

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