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Day Care children to receive milk supplement from DSWD Field Office X

To protect Filipino children from malnutrition, the Department of Social Welfare and Development shall provide milk to toddlers under five years old who are enrolled in Child Development Center (CDCs) and Supervised Neighborhood Play (SNP) groups under its Milk Feeding Program.

In coordination with the Department of Agriculture (DA), National Dairy Authority (NDA), and the Philippine Carabao Center (PCC), the Milk Feeding Program shall be piloted on May 5, 2021 in Cagayan de Oro City with 2,891 child beneficiaries, and in Iligan City with 1,914 child beneficiaries.

Despite the decreasing trend of undernutrition and wasting among Filipino children under five years old, stunting is still persistent among them while overweight and obesity among this age group remains a rising threat.

Referred to by the Department of Science and Technology Food and Nutrition Research Institute (DOST-FNRI) as the “Triple Burden of Malnutrition,” this health problem among toddlers pushed the government to create strategic initiatives to address the malnutrition in this particular age group.

The milk supplementation to the child beneficiaries in CDCs and SNPs will be in addition to their regular meals under the DSWD’s Supplementary Feeding Program. Further, the Milk Feeding Program is also a support to the local dairy industry that will contribute to the sustainable economic activities of the local farmers. ###cpt

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Over 30,000 patients get DSWD financial assistance through Malasakit Centers

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) served a total of 30,584 patients in 2020 through the Malasakit Centers established in hospitals utilizing a budget of close to P95 million.

The Malasakit Center is a one-stop shop located in various hospitals of the Department of Health, Philippine General Hospital, and other public hospitals natiowide where indigent patients as well as those who are currently financially incapacitated can access medical and financial assistance from various government agencies such as the DSWD, PhilHealth, and the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office, among others.

It is a one-stop shop so that those needing help need not proceed to the respective offices of government agencies but may avail of their services simultaneously in one venue and it applies a zero-balance billing system.

For patients staying in a hospital without a Malasakit Center , they may be referred to the nearest hospital where a Malasakit Center is operating.

The DSWD has assigned one social worker in every Malasakit Center to assess and assist the applicants.

At present, there are 102 hospitals nationwide with Malasakit Centers, 56 are in Luzon 22 are in Visayas and 24 in Mindanao. 

With the Malasakit Center, the DSWD, together with other partner-agencies, is able to reach out to more individuals in crisis situation, especially during this pandemic. ###

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