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The Department of Education Region 8 will launch the School Based Fee School-BasedSBFP) this SY 2022-2023 starting August. It will serve 190,831 beneficiaries all over the region . The program will cater to all incoming Kindergarten and Grade I to 6 students who are “wasted” and “severely wasted” based on the recent SBFP report.

According to Cesvi Foundation, wasted children refers to those with weight that are too low for their height, and their bodies waste away. Wasted young children have high risk of dying.

To address the concern on wasting, the program shall provide nutritious foods for at least 120 feeding days.

The program will cover only public schools. Further, students who have moved to Grade 7 are no longer part of the program.

Through the years, SBFP has been addressing hunger among school children and encouraging learners to enroll, contributing to the improvement of the nutritional status. Aside from also providing nourishment for their growth and development, and helping boost their immune system, the program also enhances and improves their health and nutrition values.

SBFP is one of the six flagship program of “OK sa DepEd” under the Bureau of Learning Support Services, School Health and Nutrition Division. Other programs include: 1. Medical, Dental and Nursing Services, 2.National Drug Education Program, 3.Wash in School, 4. Reproductive Health, and 5. Mental Health.