Pupils achieve normal BMI through LGU, Jollibee feeding program

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One hundred thirty (130) pupils achieved normal body mass index (BMI) after having completed the 136-feeding day cycle of LGU-Tacurong and Jollibee Group Foundation’s Busog Lusog Talino (BLT) Program for School Year 2013-2014, according to LGU BLT Team year-end report. 
When the BLT program started on 5 August 2013, 160 pupils were selected from four schools—Dr. Manuel J. Griño Central Memorial Elementary School, Tina Elementary School, J. Hector Lacson Elementary School, and Josue S. Alcasid Central School. Out of 160 pupils, 96 or 60% were severely wasted while 64 or 40% were wasted.
However, only 151 out of 160 were able to complete the 136-feeding day cycle; nine pupils were not able to complete the feeding days because they changed residence or they transferred school. 
Out of 151, only one remained severely wasted; 20 are wasted; and 130 achieved normal BMI. “The program, based on these results, has a significant impact on pupils’ nutritional status,” said Councilor Psyche Sucaldito, head of the LGU BLT Team. “However, we hope that next year, we will be able to help all pupils to normalize their BMI,” Sucaldito added.
Pupils’ BMI were evaluated by personnel under the RN Heals Program of the Department of Health-SK Chapter. 
In addition to the improved nutritional status, teachers also attested to the pupils’ better class participation. 
LGU-Tacurong gave BLT Academic Excellence Awards to BLT pupils who were included in the school’s honor roll. There were 27 awardees in all. 

The LGU also recognized the contribution of partner-stakeholders, school feeding coordinators, and principals during the BLT Year-end Stakeholders Meeting on March 31. Stakeholders include the Jollibee-Tacurong, Rotary Club of Tacurong, DOH-SK, DepEd Tacurong, Phil. Medical Association-SK, Phil. Dental Association-SK, Tacurong City Employees Association, Tacurong City Employees Multi-purpose Cooperative, COTAMPCO, PICPA-SK, Fil-Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and SP-Tacurong. 
Mayor Lina O. Montilla and Vice Mayor Joseph George Lechonsito expressed their support to the continuous implementation of the BLT Program in SY 2014-2015. “We might even expand the program to other schools in the coming years. With the support of the Sangguniang Panlungsod for budget allocation, and of more groups and individuals, nothing is impossible,” said Montilla.
For SY 2014-2015, Jollibee Group Foundation reduced the feeding days to 120, with a budget of P12.00/meal/pupil from P11.00 last year. The LGU encourages groups and individuals to sponsor BLT pupils; only P1,440.00 is needed to feed a child in 120 days. 
The Jollibee Group Foundation works with organizations and local government units to implement Busog Lusog Talino in cities and municipalities nationwide.  LGU-Tacurong City Information
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