THE committee on finance, budget and appropriations is set to tackle the proposed Memorandum of Understanding to be executed by and between the National Dairy Authority (NDA) and the city government for the implementation of the Community/School Milk Feeding Program and a request for the City Council to pass a resolution authorizing the release of 50-percent counterpart for the program and authorizing the City Mayor to enter into and sign the same.
According to Councilor Edna Dahino, chair of the committee, Section 16 of RA 7884, otherwise known as the National Dairy Development Act of 1995, provides that the government nutrition program requiring milk and dairy products shall be sourced from the small farmers and dairy cooperatives.
The NDA has been implementing a milk feeding program nationwide for malnourished children in rural and urban communities with a secondary aim of sustaining livelihood and entrepreneurship opportunities for local dairy farmers and decreased prevalence of undernourished children.
As provided in the agreement, the program which shall be funded by the NDA and the city on a 50-50 cost sharing basis, aims to provide pasteurized fresh milk to pre-identified undernourished 1,230 beneficiaries on a continuing and regular basis for a period of 120 feeding days.
These beneficiaries have been pre-identified based on high incidence of malnourished children in the area, proximity of the feeding center to the source of milk, availability of cooling facilities for the milk and accessibility of the feeding center to transportation. (cli)