Proper food handling. Feeding procedure. Sustainability.
These are among the factors evaluated by the Busog Lusog Talino (BLT) LGU Core Team in six schools under the daily lunch feeding program from January 12 to 19 in the City of Tacurong.
The core group, with City Sanitation Inspector Marlow Anthony Buenacosa, inspected cooking and feeding facilities to ensure that food served in each school is clean and safe. Pre and post-feeding procedures were also evaluated including proper hand-washing, serving, and restoration.
According to BLT Team Leader and Councilor Psyche Sucaldito, the team used the BLT FAC Standards Form for monitoring and evaluation. FAC stands for Food Safety & Quality; Accountability; and Community Ownership.
BLT pupils’ height and weight were also measured to monitor their progress. Body mass indices are measured regularly during the 120-day feeding cycle.
Co-sponsored by the Jollibee Group Foundation and LGU-Tacurong City, BLT is now on its third year of implementation in the city. It feeds a total of 240 undernourished pupils with the aim of enhancing decreasing drop-outs and enhancing academic performance. (LGU-Tacurong City Information)
(Jez Billano-Fabreag, LGU- Information)