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Pasiglahin ang Estudyanteng Pinoy (PEP)
Supplemental Feeding Program

Program Description

Pasiglahin ang Estudyanteng Pinoy (PEP) is a school-based Supplemental Feeding Program implemented by Mead Johnson Nutrition (MJN) Philippines, the Kabisig ng Kalahi Foundation (Kabisig), the National Competitive Council and the Department of Education (DepEd).

The program is implemented in modules or groups of thirty (30) of the most malnourished public school children in selected elementary schools nationwide.

The school children beneficiaries are given nutritionally balanced meals and a cup of milk six (6) days a week over a six (6) month period.

The PEP program seeks to address hunger and health issues of public school children thereby reducing the dropout rates and improving the children's performance in school.

Mead Johnson Nutrition Philippines provides the daily milk ration for the six-month implementation of the program.

Program Benefits

The program addresses the immediate nutritional and health needs of malnourished children. To monitor the results, children beneficiaries are weighed before and after the 6-month feeding period. The consistent results show that the children's nutritional status have improved significantly, i.e. from severely malnourished to normal or a 95% improvement in overall weight and nutrition status.

The program allows for parents and teachers to work together to help keep the children in school. Since its implementation, the drop-out rate in participating schools has been reduced to less than one percent (0.1%), significantly lower than the 33 percent national average.

Partners

Kabisig ng Kalahi (Kabisig) is a non-government organization (NGO) founded by Vickie Wieneke in 2001 in full partnership with the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) to help children of families in depressed and marginalized communities get access to proper nutrition. Their flagship entry point program is the Supplemental Feeding (SF) For Malnourished Children.

Local Government Unit (LGU) Public officials of the barangays and municipalities where the program is implemented also take part in the activities particularly in the organizing and training of the mother groups.

Department of Education (DepEd) For the PEP program, school officials and representative of the DepEd work closely with the mothers of the beneficiaries to ensure effective implementation.

National Competitive Council (NCC) was formed in October 2006 as a Public-Private Task Force on Philippine Competitiveness by virtue of Presidential Executive Order No. 571, amended to EO Nos. 44 by the present administration to address the improvement of the country's competitiveness from the bottom third of competitiveness rankings to the top third by 2016.