The Cebu Provincial Government, together with its partners, launched the fourth Kusina sa Kahimsug ug Pag-amuma (KKP) in the municipality of Catmon on Tuesday, Jan. 8.
A total of 2,345 day care, kindergarten and elementary pupils (Grade 1 to 6) will benefit from the supplemental feeding program of the Capitol in Catmon.
The project aims to end hunger, promote the preparation of healthy foods and improve the health condition of malnourished children.
Capitol spent a total of P1.2 million for the renovation of the central kitchen at Catmon Intergrated School (CIS) in Barangay San Jose and the extension kitchen in Barangay Agsuwao, as well as for the procurement of utensils and equipment.
The Province forged a partnership with Gawad Kalinga (GK), Department of Education (DepEd) and Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) for the implementation of the KKP program.
Gov. Hilario P. Davide III and Vice Gov. Agnes A. Magpale led the blessing and launching at the CIS.
Davide emphasized the importance of serving nutritious food to the children, which is the primary goal of the KKP program.
“The children are our future. Kinahanglan ang tanang atensyon, tanang mga paningkamot nato alang sa ilang kalambuan ug mao gyu’y sentro sa atong atensyon ang mga kabataan kay sila man unya ang mopuli kanato kung mahuman na atong termino dinhi sa kalibutan,” he said.
The governor reminded the parents, who were present in the activity, of their responsibility to feed their children with healthy food.
“It is very important kay sa giingon nato ganiha kung gutom kita maglisod gyud kita’g digest sa mga gipanudlo nato sa atong maestra. Pait kaayo gyud,” said Davide.
“Sa mga bata, kinahanglan kanunay gyud mong healthy. We want a healthy society ug magsugod kini sa mga kabataan,” he said.
The vice governor, meanwhile, encouraged everyone who attended the event to help each other in addressing the problem on malnutrition. She said over population is not a hindrance in solving the problem on malnutrition.
“Because of this, I am very grateful to Gawad Kalinga, DSWD and to DepEd for being very active. Ug kami sa lalawigan sa Sugbo nga dugay dugay na onse ka tuig nami nga nagsige’g meeting. Naundang nalang ang feeding program nato, mobalik naman. and alang kanako mao nani ang kasulbaran, and this has been the missing link,” said Magpale.
Before the launch in Catmon, the Province and its partners already turned over the same facility in the towns of San Remigio, Samboan and Madridejos in Bantay Island.
During the turnover ceremony in Catmon, Mrs. Jobella A. Davide, the wife of the governor and advisor of KKP, and some department heads also attended the event.
Mrs. Davide encouraged teachers and parents to volunteer in preparing meals for the children in the KKP facility.
“What is important of volunteerism is the heart of the volunteer to be of service,” she said.
According to her, children will be weighed-in every month as part of the monitoring process and a lecture about nutrition will be given to the parents to guide them in preparing healthy food for their children.
The governor and Catmon Vice Mayor Irish Baylon-Gestopa, who represented Mayor Dan Jusay, signed a deed of donation as the Capitol formally turnover the kitchen equipment and utensils to the local government unit. A pledge of commitment followed after the signing ceremony.
Cebu Provincial Investment and Promotions Office head Floreza Alpuerto led the reading of the pledge of commitment.
Cristopert Ocañada, operations head of GK’s Kusina ng Kalinga, said GK will provide the personnel and monitor the facility, while DSWD and DepEd will take care of the meal’s budget.
He said Catmon will take care of the miscellaneous utilities and additional personnel.
Gestopa and Provincial Board Member Earl Tidy Oyas, who delivered a speech on behalf of Jusay, were thankful to the Capitol and its partners for choosing Catmon as one of the beneficiaries of the KKP.