10/14/08 Dapa, Surigao del Norte — 2,143 preschoolers in the five municipalities of Siargao Island gladly received their 1 kilo iron-fortified rice from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DWSD) through their Food for School Program (FSP) this morning, October 14 at PPA Port in Dapa, Surigao del Norte.
The distribution of 1 kilo of rice to the school children is in consonance with the People’s Government Mobile Action (PGMA) Serbisyo Muna Caravan currently conducted in Siargao Island.
DSWD Regional Director Mercedita Jabagat in an interview with PIA said that their agency allotted P1,254,000 for this program in Siargao Island.
The said subsidy is good for 29.5 days and will cater only to the five municipalities of Siargao Island namely; Del Carmen, San Benito, San Isidro, Pilar and Socorro, Jabagat concluded.
The FSP is under the Arroyo government’s Accelerated Hunger Mitigation program and is jointly implemented by the DSWD, DepEd, National Food Authority, and the local government units, where pre-schoolers and grades 1-3 pupils each receive a kilo of rice for each day of attendance in school. (PIA-Surigao del Norte)