Food Finds Asia | DepEd expects 3.1 million students to benefit from the School-Based Feeding Program for 2021-2022 school year | The Department of Education (DepEd) will expand its School-Based Feeding Program (SBFP) to cover 3.1 million students in the forthcoming School Year (SY) 2021-2022, after exceeding its objective in the previous school year.
The SBFP exceeded its 1.7 million target beneficiaries in SY 2020-2021, with a milk component accomplishment rate of 183.46 percent and a Nutritious Food Products (NFP) component achievement rate of 198.15 percent.
Despite the school closure due to the pandemic, Secretary Leonor Magtolis Briones said, “the Department will continue our School-Based Feeding Program to ensure improved nutritional status and reduce micronutrient deficiencies for the enhancement of school participation and learning outcomes of our learners.”
SBFP will supply fresh milk and NFP to 3,159,118 learners in 34,375 public schools countrywide, according to a report by the Bureau of Learner Support Services-School Health Division (BLSS-SHD).
“We will focus on main and secondary beneficiaries in 2021-2022. We are recommending that the supply of sterilized milk be expanded to specified remote locations, and that our Muslim learners’ goods be certified Halal,” stated School Health Division Chief Dr. Maria Corazon Dumlao.
The SBFP’s principal beneficiaries are entering kindergarten students and students in grades one through six who are classified as wasted or seriously wasted in the nutritional status assessment. Secondary beneficiaries include students at Last Mile Schools with less than 100 students, children at risk of dropping out (PARDOs), indigenous people (IP) students, students from low-income families, and stunted students identified through the execution of the SY 2019-2020 SBFP.
Meanwhile, Director of the Bureau of Learner Support Services (BLSS), Lope Santos III, said the Department will work closely with the Departments of Agriculture (DAR), Education, Social Welfare and Development, Philippine Carabao Center and National Dairy Authority, and Food and Nutrition Research Institute (FNRI) to tap local producers, manufacturers, and cooperators.
“Naghahanap tayo ng local fresh fruits o alternative dito para maisama natin sa School-Based Feeding Program,” says the narrator. Request na rin tayo sa FNRI if they can assist us in the preparation of calamansi, dalandan, or other native fruit juices that are safe for our children. “Makinabang ‘yong mga Filipino farmers ang ating binibili ang ating binibili ang ating binibili ang ating binibili ang ating binibili ang ating binibili ang ating binibili ang ating binibili ang ating bin
“Makatulong tayo sa pag-unlad ng ating agrikultura at industriya if our demands for SBFP can be sourced by our local growers, food processors, and manufacturers,” he added.
The SBFP complies with President Rodrigo Duterte’s signing of Republic Act No. 11037, also known as the “Masustansyang Pagkain para sa Batang Pilipino Act,” on June 20, 2018.
SBFP offers undernourished students with nutritious food and pasteurized or sterilized milk. Its goals are to alleviate hunger, enhance nutritional status, improve school performance and learning outcomes, and improve learners’ cognitive function and academic performance.