500 pupils in Nueva Ecija to get free milk for one year

Senator Cynthia Villar gives 17,000 fingerlings to fisherfolks at the Baseco compound in Tondo Manila, during the Villar SIPAG multi- services caravan, a part of the #MakabagongBayanihan program.DANNY PATA/NPN – northboundasia.com

SAN JOSE CITY, Nueva Ecija, July 19 — At least 500 grade 1 pupils from six public schools in this city will receive daily supply of carabao milk throughout this school year.

The city government and the Department of Education (DepEd) city schools division have signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) with the Philippine Carabao Center (PCC) for milk supply for selected pupils from public elementary and integrated schools in barangays Villa Marina, 32; Abar 2nd, 90; Calaocan, 42; Ferdinand Marcos Poblacion, 276; Sto. Niño 1st, 49; and Tabulac, 11.

Mayor Mario Salvador on Wednesday said the program is a big boost to the children’s health.

The program is beyond the so-called supplemental feeding but a process of uplifting the children’s nutrition, he said.

“They can monitor the pupils if there is an improvement on their health and in their studies,” Salvador said, saying the PCC has identified some undernourished pupils as primary recipients.

Under the agreement, the PCC, the nation’s primary agency in carabao and dairy production based in Central Luzon State University (CLSU), Science City of Muñoz, will deliver 102,000 sachets of 200 ml pasteurized buffaloes’ milk for 204 feeding days or until the school year ends.

This amounts to PHP1,224,000.

The city government, in turn, shall have to shoulder the cost of delivery of the said milk from PCC to the schools and ensure the quality of milk after release from the PCC.

The DepEd shall be responsible for any cost in reporting and documentation.

Arnel del Barrio, PCC executive director, said they initially wanted to provide for malnourished children but have decided to expand the program to nourished ones.

“For those malnourished to get healthy and for those healthy to have sharp minds, to become more intelligent,” Del Barrio said.

The PCC, he said, has enough production of milk with over 25,000 of buffaloes scattered within the province of Nueva Ecija. Marilyn Galang/PNA – northboundasia.com