Fifteen public elementary schools in Negros Occidental were recognized as top performers in the Busog Lusog Talino feeding program implementation at the 3rd BLT Summit at the University of St. La Salle in Bacolod City yesterday.
These are the Alianza ES, Leonor Dela Rama ES, Jalsis ES, Talisay ES, F.R. Flores ES, Badiangay ES, San Antonio, Magsaysay, Bagroy, Nanunga, P.A. Cuaycong, Canlamay, Hacienda Puyas, Himamaylan Central School, and the Tinongan ES.
Grace Tan Caktiong, president of Jollibee Foundation, said the BLT daily feeding does not only fill the hungry stomachs of children but also helps them fill their hearts and minds.
“Daily lunch is meant to keep hungry pupils in school so they can learn and have the chance to transform their lives and create better futures for themselves, their families, and communities,” Caktiong said.
She lauded the teamwork of local government units and the Department of Education in Negros Occidental for their hard work, dedication, and commitment to help the children through the program.
BLT-Negros started in 2009 when the Institute for Negros Development of USLS became the local implementing partner of Jollibee Foundation that benefited 13 schools from the cities of Bacolod, Bago and Talisay, and in Murcia town, Caktiong also said.
Br. Raymundo Suplido, USLS president and chancellor, said the university is very happy with the BLT project because it offers one good meal for children in public schools, and teaches parents to prepare nutritious meals.
Suplido also said the children who participated in the program did not only gain weight but also did well in school.
LGUs are now extending their help and allotted a portion of the local funds to support the BLT program, he added.*LTG