MANILA — The government eyes bringing food packs to the houses of the poorest schoolchildren, while face-to-face classes are limited to areas facing low risk of novel coronavirus transmission, an official said Thursday.
"Kahit na walang (even if there are no) face-to-face classes, we will still push for this supplemental feeding programs para sa mga kids sa daycares, pati sa Department of Education," said Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles.
"We need to do it house-to-house. Kailangan iyong grocery packs o food packs na ibibigay natin, bahay-bahay," he told ANC.
(The grocery packs or food packs will be distributed house-to-house.)
The aid should contain products developed by the science department like nutri-buns and ready-to-eat meals, he said.
The agency needs to partner with local governments willing to host production centers for these food products, he said.
Nograles made the statement a day after the Social Weather Stations released a survey showing some 5.2 million Filipino families experienced involuntary hunger in the past 3 months as the country battled the COVID-19 pandemic. The figure is the highest recorded since September 2014, said the pollster.
"Siyempre nababahala kami sa mga figures na ito. We have to increase our efforts to provide for families na naka-experience ng kagutuman," said Nograles.
(Of course, we are alarmed by these figures. We have to increase our efforts to provide for families who experienced hunger.)
Among these efforts is partnering with farmer organizations so that the government can directly buy their harvest and use these for feeding programs, he said.