Guidelines on the Implementation of School Feeding Programs

Department of Education

DepEd Order no. 54 s 2013
Dec 20 2013

Guidelines on the Implementation of School Feeding Programs

1. In support of the Philippine Plan of Action for Nutrition as approved by the National Nutrition Council Government Board through NNC-Gb Resolution No. 1 s. 2012, the Department of Education has advocated school feeding programs for the past years to improve the nutritional status of  the undernourished pupils and students.

2. The DepEd implements the School Feeding Programs to address the under-nutrition problems among the learners in order to improve attendance and to reduce dropouts in schools. The SFPs may be school initiated or sponsored by individuals, non-government organizations and private companies.

3. The recent updating of the Nutritional Status of Filipino Children and other Population Groups shows that 32% of 5-10 years old children are underweight and 33.6% of them have stunted growth and 8.5% were wasted. In the DepEd nutritional assessment report for school year 2012-2013, 14.24% or approximately 2 million school children were wasted or thin. The target beneficiaries for any SFP are the undernourished Kindergarten (below 6 years old)  and elementary pupils and secondary students (6-19 years old)

4. This order is being issued to guide the regional, division and school officials in implementing school initiated and or sponsored feeding programs, thereby ensuring that the objectives of the program are achieved.

5. The interested sponsors of the feeding programs are encourage to directly coordinate with any of the following offices:

a. Health and nutrition center for feeding programs covering 2 or more regions

b. Regional health and nutrition unit for those programs covering only one region

c. Division health and nutrition section for those programs covering a province or city/municipality.

6. All school head shall submit the Program Terminal Report to their respective division offices. The Dos shall submit a consolidated SFP report per sponsor to the DepEd Co. through the regional offices.

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