At least one hundrred children here aged four to six years old on Monday received free carabao’s milk and will continue to do so daily for a period of one month.
The milk feeding program, held at the gymnasium in Barangay Pinagpaanan here, is a collaborative effort of the local government unit of Talavera and the Philippine Carabao Center (PCC), with the aim to supply the nutritional requirements of children to help them grow healthy.
The beneficiaries are from the villages of Pinagpaanan and Dimasalang Norte, in this town.
“I urge the mothers to make it a habit to have their child drink milk,” Mayor Nerivi Santos-Martinez said in an interview during the milk feeding program.
For the program, fresh buffalo milk in 200 ml packets is supplied by the Nueva Ecija Federation of Dairy Carabao Cooperatives (NEFEDCCO), which is being assisted by PCC.
Dr. Eric Palacpac, chief of the PCC Knowledge Management Division, said, “This milk feeding program will not only make children healthy but also contribute to the livelihood of dairy farmers who will provide the milk”.
He noted that Talavera and PCC have been partners for a long time on similar activities and that the approval of Republic Act 11037 or the “Masustansiyang Pagkain para sa Batang Pilipino Act” paved the way for the institutionalization of milk feeding program in the country.
Meanwhile, Mayor Martinez said that in Talavera, NEFEDCCO and DVF Farm are ushering the progress of carabao’s milk as One Town, One Product (OTOP).
NEFEDCCO is organized from selected dairy cooperatives in Nueva Ecija and it collects as well as processes carabao milk-based dairy products.
DVF, on the other hand, is a private milk processor which market includes Nueva Ecija, Metro Manila, Pampanga and Cebu. (PNA)
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