Phil Army distributes vitameal food packs to NegOr beneficiaries

By Roi Lomotan

Philippine Army 302nd Infantry Brigade (IB) executive officer John Oliver Gabun takes a photo op with the beneficiaries of 302nd IBs feeding program in Negros Oriental during a ceremonial turnover of Vitameal food packs held at the army headquarters in Tanjay City on Oct. 27, 2015.
Philippine Army 302nd Infantry Brigade (IB) executive officer John Oliver Gabun takes a photo op with the beneficiaries of 302nd IBs feeding program in Negros Oriental during a ceremonial turnover of Vitameal food packs held at the army headquarters in Tanjay City on Oct. 27, 2015.

TANJAY CITY, Negros Oriental (PIA) – Officers of the 302nd Infantry Brigade (IB) of the Philippine Army yesterday distributed 130 boxes of Vitameal food packs to beneficiaries of their feeding program in the province.

The food packs are intended for poor and malnourished children aged 2 to 13 years old as well as for pregnant and lactating women.

A Vitameal food pack contains barley, lentil, and rice and carries 25 essential vitamins and minerals.

Recipients of these food packs are the Barangay Health Workers (BHWs) of Barangay Hagtu and Barangay Arebasore of Mabinay, BHWs of Barangays 3 and 4 in the municipality of Siaton, and social workers from Little Children of the Philippines Foundation, Inc.

Captain Eric Calulot, an officer of the 302nd IB, briefed recipients of the food package on how to cook Vitameal.

He said the food packs can be incorporated in other food recipes like spaghetti or macaroni soup so that those who will be eating Vitameals will enjoy eating it.

Aside from this, he also discussed the BHW’s and social worker’s roles in monitoring the condition of the beneficiaries of the feeding program.

Each of them were given monitoring sheets which they will fill out every feeding session to check if a child or a pregnant or lactating mother continuously attends the feeding session.

Meanwhile, Capt. Calulot disclosed that the Army’s feeding program is part of their strategy in addressing problems of insurgency in the province.

“We want to show the people the sincerity in delivering government services,” he added.

He explained that the Army’s program is targeting impoverished barangays in the province since insurgency quickly spreads in poor communities.

Capt. Calulot elaborated that the army role’s is to turn over vitameal foodpacks to barangay captains who will then give to BHWs who will conduct feeding programs in their own community.

The feeding program is intended for a period of six months but for the meantime, the supply they gave is good for a one-month feeding program.

However, Capt. Calulot assured that they will replenish supplies once recipient barangays request for another batch of food packs.

The Army’s feeding program is conducted in cooperation with Bethesda Ministries International which supplies Vitameals and Oriental Negros Children’s Advocacy Network. (rmn/ral/PIA7-Negros Oriental/This article was first published at PIA Website on Oct. 28, 2015)

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