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Nutribun sa Paaralan gets moving in Eastern Samar

September 22, 2011

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, Factoria Elementary School 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.

This project, 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.

The Nutribun project hopes to achieve a better nutrition for target beneficiaries.