More than 500 undernourished children have started to benefit from a milk feeding program in Ilocos Norte, which will run for 120 days from April 27 to August 25.
Said program was made possible through Gov. Matthew Marcos Manotoc with the Department of Agriculture-Philippine Carabao Center at Mariano Marcos State University (DA-PCC@MMSU) as the supplier of chocolate-flavored milk to the provincial government.
This feeding program is initiated by the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management and Resiliency Council (PDRRMC) and Provincial Nutrition Council (PNC), which resolve to feed undernourished children with Nutribun and pasteurized chocomilk during the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) pandemic.
According to the PDRRMC and PNC, this project is part of the service package under “Nutrition in Emergencies” where attention to feeding malnourished children during the COVID-19 pandemic is deemed essential and relevant to improve their nutritional status and to boost their immune system.
Twenty-one municipalities and two cities with a total of 533 beneficiaries will benefit from this program. For 120 days, a weekly supply of 3,731 100ml packs of chocomilk will be dispatched to the beneficiaries.
DA-PCC@MMSU is thankful to the provincial government because this initiative provides for a sure market for the milk produce of dairy carabao raisers in Ilocos Norte. This will mitigate the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic to their livelihood.