Supplementary Feeding Program underway for children in Don Carlos, Bukidnon

The DA-PCC at Central Mindanao University (DA-PCC at CMU) and LGU-Don Carlos, Bukidnon signed today a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) for the implementation and launching of the Supplementary Feeding Program.

Said initiative aims to combat and eventually eradicate the problem of undernutrition among children in the locality.

A total of 266 severely wasted children in Don Carlos will each receive a Karabun and 200 ml pasteurized carabao’s milk daily for 90 feeding days.

Child wasting, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), refers to a child who is too thin for his or her height and is the result of recent rapid weight loss or the failure to gain weight.

Severely wasted, meanwhile, is a very thin child whose body mass index-for-age is below -3 z-score line based on WHO-Child Growth Standards.

Present in the activity were DA-PCC at CMU Center Director Dr. Lowell Paraguas, Carabao-based Enterprise Development Coordinator Dr. Elena Paraguas, Municipal Nutrition Officer Lenie Baylo, Municipal Mayor Ma. Victoria Ontanillas-Pizarro’s representative and executive assistant Rex Mercadera, and select beneficiaries.