The Department of Education (DepEd) recognizes how important good nutrition is for the improvement of learners’ academic performance. Consequently, it is associated with increased enrolment, better performance, improved attendance, decreased repetition and dropout rate. Thus, DepEd proposed in the 2014 Budget a School-Based Feeding Program that will cater to a targeted 562,262 severely wasted (SW) school children in Kinder to Grade 6 nationwide based on the Nutritional Status (NS) Baseline Report through DepEd Order 54, s. 2013.
1 – Suggested SBM SCHOOL HEALTH PROGRAM activities to be integrated in NATIONAL MAINTENANCE WEEK i.e.
School and Classrooms inspection for safety, sanitation,ventilation, proper lighting and seating arrangements.Elimination of unnecessary furniture and bulletin boards inside the classroom is advised.
Refurbish and sanitize School Offices and classroom lavatories, Canteens, Lunch and Feeding Centers, School Clinics and the entire premises to reinforce advocacies on DENGUE – PREVENTION and other water-borne diseases prevention.
Construction or renovation of Indoor/Outdoor Handwashing and Toothbrushing (Essential Health Care Program-EHCP) facilities for group activities ,and provide adequate water supply for drinking and handwashing. (Reg’l. Memo. No. 36 s. 2014,DepEd Memo no. 124 s. 2013 and Division Memo no. 124 s. 2013).
Revitalize FOOD PRODUCTION Projects and organic farming / GULAYAN SA PAARALAN for year – round food supply to complement School – Based Feeding Program.
Sanitize and maintain safe WASTE DISPOSAL AREA and practice waste segregation, composting and practice 5Rs (reduce, reuse, recycle, repair, rethink).
2 – Identify stakeholders of ADOPT A SCHOOL and SCHOOL-BASED FEEDING PROGRAM (SBFP) “Hot Meals for 100-120 feeding days” for provision of commodity or financial support. (DepEd Order no. 54 s. 2013) Submission of List of school’s identified partners due May 26,2014, Attn: Analy L. Ocier EPS –Division SBFP Focal Person.
1 – Division Orientation of School Heads/Focal person on 2014-2015 DepEd – DSWD School – Based Feeding Program.
2 – Height and Weight Measurement of pupils/students and personnel .Consolidated Baseline Nutritional Status reports submission not later than June 20,2014, to the Office of the District Supervisors.
3 – Submission of Masterlist of Beneficiaries for School-based Feeding Program (SBFP) Division Office Attn: Analy L. Ocier EPS – Division SBFP Focal Person June 23, 2014. (see enclosed SBFP Forms 1 and 2)
4 – Proposed Essential Health Care Program (EHCP) signing of Memorandum of Agreement between DepEd, Division of Malaybalay City and Malaybalay City Government.
5 – School reproduction and distribution of Individual Health Examination Cards to Kindergarten,/Grade I and Grade VII Students , transferees and T/NT Personnel for annual health profiling.
1 – 1st round Mass deworming of students –School consolidated reports shall be submitted to the Office of the District Supervisors on or before July 25, 2014.
JULY- AUGUST 2014 – Commencement of 2014 School-Based Feeding Program.
OCTOBER – Midline Nutritional Assessment of Wasted and Severely Wasted pupils and SBFP beneficiaries
School Consolidated report due October 24, 2014, submitted the Office of the District Supervisors.
June – October (1stsemester) –Health personnel conduct school visitations, Health and Nutrition Program monitoring,evaluation,provision of health services and technical assistance on health and nutrition.
Pool of trainors from the Department of Health, Philippine National AIDS Council (PNAC), and Department of Education-Health and Nutrition Center (DepEd-HNC) conducted the Training of Trainors on Human Immune Deficiency Virus (HIV) and Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS) Education and Prevention in the Workplace on September 25-27 at RELC, Region X, Cagayan de Oro City.
Participants from the City Division of Malaybalay were Lou-Ann J. Cultura (EPS in MAPEH), Jasmin J. Adriatico (EPS in ALS), Nancy L. Dequito, RN (Nurse II) and Jutchel L. Nayra, DPA (Administrative Officer V).
The training was mainly conducted to develop core of trainors in the regional and division level for the implementation of HIV and AIDS Policy and Program in the Workplace and come up with an Action Plan for 2013-2014 consistent to DepEd Order Nos. 45 and 47, s. 2012.
According to the trainors, this is part of the AIDS Medium-Term Plan (AMTP) of the PNAC which the DepEd with 16 other government agencies and 9 non-government and professional organizations are core members. The need to provide the workforce accurate information on HIV and AIDS, equip them with the correct knowledge to prevent and avoid it, distinguish fact from falsehood, encourage them to practice health-seeking behaviours and seek treatment, and lessen the stigma and discrimination associated with the disease are some of the underlying principles of this training.
The DepEd, as a core member, supports the realization of a unified goal in resolving the issue for national development. The DepEd HIV and AIDS Policy and Program in the Workplace, embodied in DepEd Order No. 45, s. 2012, derives its mandate from Republic Act No. 8504 also known as “The Philippine AIDS Prevention and Control Act of 1998” and its Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) adopted in 1999. It is also guided by the Civil Service Commission (CSC) Announcement No. 21, s. 2010 entitled “Guidelines in the Implementation of Workplace Policy and Education Program on HIV and AIDS” for all government agencies.
The trainors emphasized the significant role of DepEd in HIV and AIDS Education and Prevention. Significant learning was acquired from the seven interesting modules of the Basic STI, HIV, and AIDS Education Module-Trainer’s Guide. These include the Rationale for HIV and AIDS Education Prevention (Module 1), Republic Act No. 8504 “Philippine HIV and AIDS Prevention and Control Act” (Module 2), Gender, Sex, Sexuality, and Reproductive Health (Module 3), The Basics of STI, HIV, and AIDS (Module 4), The Impact of HIV and AIDS (Module 5), The Country Response (Module 6), and Challenges to the Country Response (Module 7). Other topics include discussions on the PhilHealth Circular No. 19, s. 2010, DepEd Order No. 45, s. 2012, and Protocol for HIV and AIDS in the DepEd. Part of the training includes individual return lecture-demonstration, action planning for implementation at the regional and division level, and reporting.
The training ended with a commitment of the new set of trainors to implement the same in their respective region and divisions. In Malaybalay City Division, SDS Edilberto L. Oplenaria announced and professed support in the implementation of the DepEd HIV and AIDS Policy and Program in the Workplace during the Division-wide World Teacher’s Day Celebration on October 5, 2013 at BNHS, Malaybalay City. Consequently, he issued Division Memorandum No. 293, s. 2013 entitled Designation of Division HIV and AIDS Education and Prevention Training Team and Technical Working Group (TWG). He also approved the Division Action Plan for SY 2013-2014 on October 11, 2013 for implementation. This Office further conforms to the submission of an annual report on the status of the implementation to the DepEd through the HNC to the CSC, copy furnished to the PNAC Secretariat Monitoring and Evaluation, no later than January 15 of the following year as required in DepEd Order No. 45, s. 2012.
The Malaybalay City Division launched its 2nd year of “DAILY LUNCH-HOTMEAL” feeding program sponsored by Jollibee Foods Group/Acornbilt Foods Corporation and the Malaybalay City Government on July 17, 2013. This 136 feeding days project was awarded to 5 beneficiary schools among 109 Grades I-III feeding recipients namely: MALAYBALAY CITY CENTRAL SCHOOL (31 pupils), CASISANG CENTRAL SCHOOL (15 pupils), KALASUNGAY CENTRAL SCHOOL (23 pupils), BANGCUD CENTRAL SCHOOL (18 pupils), MANAGOK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (22 pupils).The project aims to help improve attendance and learning outcomes among pupils and promote local collaboration to improve educational system.
As a component of the feeding project BLT PROGRAM STAKEHOLDERS ORIENTATION was conducted by the Division School Health and Nutrition personnel, in coordination with Jollibee BLT program Coordinator in all 5 school beneficiaries on July 11-12 and 15, 2013. Basically, the orientation served as the avenue to ensure parent, school and community commitment and involvement. The organized BLT Core Group shall be engage in program implementation, monitoring and evaluation, with the School Administrator who actively oversees overall management of the feeding program until its completion in February 2014.
This laudable undertaking is a manifestation of a collaborative effort amongst stakeholders to address health and nutrition concerns besetting the undernourished schoolchildren. The economic and technical assistance from Jollibee Foods Corporation and Acornbilt Foods Corporation (local Jollibee Franchisee) with the Malaybalay City Government as Local Implementing Partners (LIPs) and of Division of Malaybalay City workforce, shall facilitate efficient operation and achievement of this essential program as part of this DIVISION’s quest to integrate health and nutrition programs and project which would remarkably impact learners’ and school performance.
Our sincerest gratitude to the benefactors—GODBLESS!!!!!!