ILOILO CITY, Mar 31 (PNA)–The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has allocated P309,441,600 for the implementation of the Supplemental Feeding Program (SFP) that would benefit day care children.

DSWD Regional Office 6 Sally Gayoma said the allocation is intended for pre-schoolers who would be attending classes at the Day Care centers throughout the region starting June.

The budget is higher than that allocated by DSWD for 2013-2014 which was only P281,322,600 because of the increase number of targeted beneficiaries.

There are 198,360 targeted beneficiaries of the nutritional program from the provinces of Aklan, 14,036; Antique, 21,707; Capiz, 16,035; Roxas city, 2,451; Guimaras, 4,648; Iloilo province, 51,781; Iloilo city, 10,804; Negros Occidental, 71,886; and, Bacolod city, 5,012.

Each child would have a budget of P10.00 for viand and P3.00 for rice for 120 days. The budget for the viand is being given to the local government units where the Day Care centers are located while the rice is being transferred to the National Food Authority that delivers that rice.

Parents of targeted beneficiaries are being mobilized by the Day Care workers to help in the food preparation which is being served during classes.

The program is intended to mitigate hunger among the children while they are in school. (PNA)