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Manila launches 120-day feeding program for pre-school kids

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The Manila Health Department will be providing meals and vitamins to more than 200 pre-school children for four months as part of efforts to improve their health and make sure they achieve their ideal weight.

The department, led by Dr. Arnold Pangan, launched the 120-day feeding program today.

This is part of the city government’s plan to level up its health services for its constituents, said Pangan.

“Gusto po namin pagdating ng 2030, ang City of Manila ay magkakaroon ng best healthcare system sa buong Pilipinas. Yun po ang tatahakin natin,” Pangan said.

Manila Mayor Honey-Lacuna Pangan, who addressed stakeholders at the event, said the program aims to ensure that pre-school children achieve the ideal weight for their age through proper dietary supplementation.

A total of 215 children from six Manila districts would be provided meals and vitamins for 120 days.

Manila’s Public Employment Service Office would also provide livelihood programs for the parents of the children after the 120-day feeding program, in order to ensure that they would be able to properly feed their families.