MAMBAJAO, Camiguin, June 27 (PIA) – Undernourished children here gets a daily treat of fresh milk harvest straight from the cow’s farm operated by the local government at the foot of Mt. Hibok-hibok.
The feeding program runs for 120 days, serving a glass of milk to identified severely wasted school children.
From one pilot beneficiary school it now serves some seven public elementary schools and targets to cover 12 more in Mambajao town.
The Provincial Veterinary Office (PVO) said the children will be weighted after 120 days to see the impact and will move to other schools when the intervention is found effective.
The office also clarified that this is just the initial release and that they target to cover the entire province as well as expand it to the other schoolchildren with nutritional deficiencies.
Currently, the province harvest at least 150 liters of milk daily from 17 cows. These were among the 25 heads of imported cows loaned from the National Dairy Authority (NDA) and now sired 18 more calf, while the other five were also pregnant.
Children who enrolled for the kiddie camp last summer likewise benefitted from the program. Other milk produce is also sold by the provincial government at P50/liter. (JCV/PIA)