DAGUPAN CITY – The second truck load of rice comprising 190 bags intended for the free hot meal of day care pupils under a program of the Department of Social Welfare and Development, in partnership with the city government, were distributed to all the 46 Day Care Centers on February 13 at the city plaza.


City Social Welfare and Development Officer Leah L. Aquino disclosed that at least 2,500 Day Care pupils will be fed with hot meal daily for 120 days in all the 46 Day Care Centers in the 31 barangays of the city under the Alagang Balon Dagupan of Mayor Belen T. Fernandez.


“This will be a big help to our students who are mostly indigents. In fact malaking bagay na ito para kanilang mga magulang na mabigyan ng sapat at tamang pagkain ang kanilang mga anak for a day,” said Aquino.


Aquino also said that part of the 120-day feeding program of the city in all the Day Care Centers is the orientation of the parents on how to prepare good meal and address the malnutrition problem of children in the barangays.


The city’s 120-day feeding program for Day Care pupils will be done simultaneously with the ongoing feeding program being undertaken in the 10 barangays worked out by then Congresswoman Manay Gina De Venecia which is being continued by her son, Rep. Christopher de Venecia of the 4th District of Pangasinan.


“So what we are doing is a massive feeding program in our city along with our City Nutrition Office and what is good with our feeding program in the Day Care Centers is that the food, which cannot be consumed in full by the pupil will be passed on to the other siblings so that they will also have a good meal instead of wasting it away,” Aquino said. (Joseph C. Bacani/CIO/Feb. 15, 2017)