Nutribun sa Paaralan
gets moving in Eastern Samar
By NINFA B QUIRANTE,
BORONGAN CITY, Eastern
Samar – A one-of-a-kind project of DepEd funded by the UNICEF is
rolling in Eastern Samar.
The Nutribun sa
Paaralan, serving ten elementary schools in the province is now trying
to nourish children with nutritional problems.
According to Mr Roy
Ador, Program Director,
in Oras town now bakes 'fortified bibingka' that the school sells at
discounted prices. The proceeds then afford to feed malnourished
school children with nutritious food.
When asked where
Nutribun is, as it bears the name of the project, Ador replied: "Any
bread or eatable considered as nutritious snack is called nutribun!"
The project benefits
ten schools in Eastern Samar, identified by DepEd as the schools with
high malnutrition prevalence.
according to Ador in the 3rd provincial nutrition committee meeting at
the capitol, is aimed to address not only malnutrition in the
identified schools but also to increase participation and achievement
rates of school children.
Elementary schools in
Buenavista, Arteche; Factoria, Oras; Malainao and Polangi, Taft;
Aguinaldo, Gen MacArthur; Waso and Piliw, Llorente; Garawon, Hernani:
Eugenio Abunda in Borongan; and Tabo, San Policarpo have been given
bakery equipments by UNICEF.
"The materials for
baking bread to be sold in schools will come from the MOOE of the
school," Ador added. "If we will just feed the malnourished children,
this will only last a few days, but if we sell some of the products we
will be able to sustain the program," he explained.
Parents and students
are helping this bakery project. When asked if this will not disrupt
the classes of the students, Ador said that students and parents will
take turns while students in Technology and Home Economics will also
help as part of their instructions.
Eastern Samar is one
province that has high in malnutrition prevalence not only of children
0-5 years old but also of school age children.
"We are grateful to
UNICEF as it only took two months after we submitted the proposal and
they were able to deliver the bakery equipments," Ador said.
project hopes to achieve a better nutrition for target beneficiaries.