The Provincial Government of Pangasinan, in partnership with the National Nutrition Council (NNC), launched the 90-day dietary supplementary feeding program for pregnant mothers in July 2020 and has benefitted 3,000 pregnant women in the province last year.
The 90-day Dietary Supplementation Program (DSP) is part of the Early Childhood Care and Development (ECCD) in the First 1000 days (ECCD F1K) Program which aims to reduce the number of undernourished pregnant women and infants as well as to reduce the number of stunted children in the province.
In 2020, the recipients of the program are mothers from the four ECCD areas selected by the National Nutrition Council which are as follows: Alaminos City (680 pregnant women), Bayambang (900), Urdaneta City (700), and Umingan (720).
“Ang apat na recipient areas natin ay ang ECCD areas na pinili ng National Nutrition Council,” said Provincial Health Office Nutritionist and Dietician Analiza Miranda.
The criteria in the selection of the beneficiaries are nutritionally-at-risk (underweight nutritional deficient) mothers, teenage pregnant mothers, and indigent mothers as assessed by the local government units.
The Provincial Government delivered the supplies which include eight pieces of eggs and 8 packs of dairy fresh milk every two weeks, 15 kilograms of fortified rice, two kilograms of monggo, and one bottle of vegetable oil monthly, ½ kilogram of dilis twice in three months, and one kilogram of salt once during the three-month supplementation program.
A total of P34.5-million fund for the program is bestowed by the NNC through the Provincial Resolution No. 745-2018.
The Provincial Health Office assured that the dietary supplementation program is a continuing program for the remaining balance of the budget.
Moreover, the annual DSP for pre-schoolers which is a 90-day feeding program for local government units with high record of severely malnourished children is set to be conducted in Tayug and Labrador this 2021.
/Paula Jhea Sison