PCC launches milk feeding program in Aliaga, Nueva Ecija
The Philippine Carabao Center launched its milk supplementation program in Aliaga, Nueva Ecija this week.
The program will provide all of the 1,121 children in Aliaga’s day care centers aged three to five with 200 ml packs of pasteurized carabao’s milk. The program, which is done in partnership with the Department of Social Welfare and Development and the local government unit of Aliaga, will last for 120 days.
“This program aims to address the nutritional requirements of day care pupils and improve their nutritional intake as they grow up,” said PCC’s director at the Central Luzon State University, Dr. Daniel Aquino.
He said the program will also support and promote the livelihood of carabao farmers as the milk will be sourced from carabao farmers assisted by the PCC.
The DSWD has committed to allot almost P1.5 million for the project which will be used to pay for the milk.
Dr. Edgardo Carlos of Aliaga’s Rural Health Unit said the height and weight of the children in the program will be measured monthly to monitor the improvement in their nutrition.