Tuesday 21 March 2017

DepEd: Don't make tusok tusok the fisballs anymore

In 2010 a US law was passed and signed by then President Barack Obama-the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act (HHFKA). Championed by First Lady Michelle Obama, the HHFKA set new nutrition standards for school meals while expanding access to taxpayer-funded breakfast and lunch to millions of students. 

After 7 years, come the Philippine version.

different mouth watering delights that can be seen in different schools in the country

Out with soft drinks, powdered juice drinks,palamig, fish balls, kwek kwek, calamares, and other mouth watering and satisfying deep fried snacks.

In with healthy alternatives like unsweetened milk, fresh buko juice(w/out the magic sugar), boiled peanuts and bananas in all public schools.

Department of Education Secretary Leonor Briones ordered last week to promote “long-lasting benefits” of a healthier diet and improved eating habits of students, teachers and Department of Education personnel.

The March 17 memorandum would keep away fat-laden, sugary and high-sodium foods from canteens in all public elementary and high schools and DepEd offices to combat malnutrition and obesity among students.

In 2014 National Nutrition Survey by the Food and Nutrition Research Institute showed that 29.1 percent of Filipino children aged 5 to 10 were underweight while 9.1 percent were overweight.

The food policy was also in response to a recent workshop of the World Health Organization, which urged countries to restrict the marketing of unhealthy foods in schools and setting food standards to increase availability and accessibility of healthy options.


During the Marcos era, kids in public schools grew up eating/enjoying Nutribun. The Nutribun program was implemented in the early 1970s as a supplementary feeding program for targeted  public elementary schools.
Marcos era nutribun (photo credit to the owner)

“masarap na , mura pa!” will be probably the answer of one childhood memory who will recall his/her memories of the pastry delight. It was initially distributed for free, but was eventually sold at about 50 to 75 cents per piece.

The bun can be mistaken for a pan de sal, only difference will be its more healthier.The bread was made of blend flour and non-fat dried milk donated by the United States under the PL 480 Title II Food Aid. It was under the USAID Food for Peace Program.

The nutribun program was phased out in 1997, The US finding that there are other countries that are in more need of food aid, like those countries in Africa.

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