Senate to watch spending for feeding programs: Poe
Sen. Grace Poe warned government agencies that the Senate will watch how they spend some P8.9 billion allocated this year for anti-hunger initiatives for children two years old and below.
Poe, in a statement, said for this year, P4.2 billion is allocated for the Department of Education’s school-based feeding program, P4.4 billion for the Department of Social Welfare and Development’s supplemental feeding program, and P294 million for the natal care program for expectant mothers and feeding program for toddlers of the Department of Health and the National Nutrition Council (NNC).
Poe urged the implementing agencies to maximize the budget given to them, and cautioned them that the Senate shall keep a “tight watch” on they spend the money.
“I trust that the DepEd and the DSWD will ensure that the budget allocated for the feeding programs will directly benefit the intended beneficiaries. Ating titiyakin na ang inilaan para sa bituka ng mga bata ay hindi sa bulsa ng iba mapupunta,” she said.
Poe’s next step is to push for the institutionalization of the nutrition-driven initiatives to solve the high incidence of hunger in the Philippines.
She said the school feeding program ensures that children are properly nourished to enable them to grow up healthy, smart and alert.
She said institutionalizing the feeding programs will give livelihood opportunities to local producers and suppliers.
She added that the mother and child health care program will support a child’s life from the point of conception to the child’s second birthday.