BUHAY, NDA, LGU-Dolores launches Milk Feeding Program


This was the first time the Buhay Party List set foot in Abra. Together with the National Dairy Authority, the party list payed a visit to Dolores to officially launch a 6 month long Milk Feeding Program for the Day Care Pupils.

The program would cater to 851 beneficiaries who will be provided with a tetra-pack of milk every day from Monday to Friday for 120 days. All Daycare Pupils of Dolores will be enrolled in the program as well as some higher level pupils who are in need of nourishment.

This morning, a program was held at the Dolores Civic Center to introduce the project to the Daycare Workers, Barangay Health Workers and Barangay Captains of Dolores.

In his opening message, SB Emelito Cortez, was in a jolly mood as he thanked the guests and acknowledged the importance of milk being a complete food source, and that the program would serve as a big help especially to the poor citizens of Dolores. Towards the end of his message, he jokingly requested that some Barangay Captains be included in the program which elicited the laughter of the crowd.

Healthier Children, Wealthier Farmers

Ms. Cecilia Manuel, the Project Development Officer for the National Dairy Authority, conveyed that aside from the 851 pupils that are slotted to receive free milk-feeding, the Filipino Milk Farmers will also benefit from this kind of program. In essence, the program serves both as a source of child nutrition, and as a source of livelihood.

The project’s cost is set at 1.6 million pesos.

Mayor heaps Praises

Mayor JR Seares wasn’t short on praises during the affair.

Ms. Manuel, and Mr. Jose Desacallar, a staff of the Hon. Mariano Michael Velarde Jr, recounted how they were impressed with the initiative of Mayor Seares. Apparently, they were only able to trace the connection of BUHAY Party List to Dolores when they arrived here yesterday.

The province of Abra and BUHAY have no direct or even secondary connections. It was through a friend of a friend of a friend (Kaibigan ng Kaibigan ng Kaibigan/KKK) of a staff in BUHAY that the Mayor managed to arrange a meeting with the party list to request this program.

Hence, Mr. Desacallar likened the Mayor to the Abra River, which keeps rolling and finding a way towards its destination.

Ms. Manuel meanwhile says that the milk they are offering will help nurture the children into strong and intellectual men and women, who in the future, would help Dolores develop further.


Mr. Desacallar also took the chance to acquaint the audience of the purpose of BUHAY which is an acronym for Buhay Hayaang Yumabong. BUHAY, according to him, is an organization which seeks to promote the quality of life for the Filipino Children, their Parents, and the whole family. Among the legislations passed by the party list include the Anti Child Pornography Law and the Motorcycle Helmet Law. The Party List was also one of the toughest opposition to the Reproductive Health Law.

The Party List is headed by the Hon. Michael M. Velarde Jr, son of renowned Pastor Mike Velarde of the El Shaddai.

Benefit to be Seen In Due Time

“In due time, detta ubing nga painumen tayo ti gatas nga libre, paglaki nila makikita niyo ang difference” (In due time, the child we will be feeding with free milk, we will see the difference when they grow up). This was the message of the Honorable Mayor who himself, while growing up, was nurtured by his parents with milk. He expressed his belief in the benefits of the milk being offered by the NDA that his Son, One Victor, will also be enrolled in the program.

He also informed the audience that he is hoping for more Milk producing – Bull Dispersals from the National Dairy Authority to serve as both livelihood projects and a source for the continuance of the milk feeding program after 6 months.


Ms. Emeline de la Cruz of the National Dairy Authority discussed the details of the 6 month long milk feeding program.
According to her, the program should exclusively be Center Based which means No Milk Packs should be allowed to be taken home.

The Daycare workers should observe the pupils during the first week of the program for any signs or symptoms of lactose intolerance.
For evaluation purposes, the weight of each beneficiary will be monitored before the start of the program, then 3 months into the program, and finally after the program.

While the milk requires no refrigeration, the handlers should avoid prolonged exposure of the milk packs to sunlight to maintain their shelf life.

Ms. de la Cruz also reminded everyone that although Milk is rich in nutrients, it should not be considered to be a substitute for the child’s daily meals.

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