Abono, Chiz feed Villasis schoolkids

August 18, 2009 at 7:44 am Leave a comment

feeding3By Virgilio Sar. Maganes

VILLASIS — Pupils, parents and teachers queued to have their cups of mais caldo, mais soup, mais ginataan and mais kutsinta in a supplemental feeding conducted at Villasis Central School here last August 12.

A total of 216 grades 1-3 pupils from Barraca Community School, San Nicolas Elementary School, West Poblacion Elementary School, Puelay Elementary School, San Blas Elementary School and Villasis Central School.

The feeding was sponsored by the Abono Party-list, Senator Francis “Chiz” Escudero and the municipal officials of the town.

Dr. Josefina G. Robina, principal of the host school and OIC-Supervisor of District I, was elated by the project extended by the sponsors.

She said that this was very timely endeavor to supplement the nutrient requirements of the schoolchildren.

“I thank the Abono Party-list and Senator Escudero for sponsoring this project. There are many malnourished schoolchildren in the town and this situation retards their learning capacity,” Robina said.

The town, according to Jennilee M. Tan, acting municipal nutrition action officer, ranked second among the 47 towns/cities in the province with high rates of malnourishment and undernourishment, either below the normal or very below the normal.

Mayor Nonato Abrenica and Vice Mayor Centenielo Costales both lauded the sponsors for including the town in their feeding program. They said this was the kind of project that needs support from the local government project.

“This is a worthwhile project that I commit to support in the town. For the next feeding in different schools, the municipal government will shoulder all ingredients including eggs to make your mais caldo nutritious,” he said.

Engr. Rosendo O. So, chair of Abono Party List, likewise committed his support for the three-month feeding program.

“This is the party’s commitment to curb malnourishment in the entire province so that we will have healthy schoolchildren. They are our future leaders and by supplementing their nutrient needs, we will be having bright and talented human resources,” he said.

Nora Ventura, the official cook and punong barangay of Asan Sur (Sison) ,briefed the teachers on how to prepare the mais caldo, mais soup and kutsenta. She said that corn or mais is rich in fiber, vitamin C, folic acid, thiamine and protein compared to rice. Corn as an alternative to rice offers more nutrition to the children.

After the program, bags of milled white corn were distributed to the principals of the various schools of the town for the continuity of the feeding program.

Also present were: Dr. Maria M. Sibolboro, supervisor of Villasis District II and Dr. Hian Kiat Dy, municipal health officer.

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