BLT pupils eating lunch in school for the first time. Left: Camp Clark Elementary School, Municipality of Isabela Right: RM Salas Elementary School, Bago City
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A total of 5,638 pupils in 120 public elementary schools ate their first Busog, Lusog, Talino School Feeding Program during the simultaneous program kick-off on August 18.
BLT, managed by the University of St. La Salle through the Institute for Negros Development, is on its 6th implementation year in Negros Occidental.
BLT School Feeding Program is implemented in the cities of Bago, Himamaylan, Kabankalan, Sagay, San Carlos, Silay, Sipalay, Talisay, Victorias and the municipalities of Calatrava, Candoni, Cauayan, E.B. Magalona, Hinigaran Hinoba-an, Isabela, Manapla, Murcia, Pontevedra, Pulupandan, Salvador Benedicto, San Enrique, Toboso and Valladolid.
Through the USLS and implementing partners, BLT has helped more than 10,000 pupils since its first implementation in 2009.
BLT is in collaboration with partners: Jollibee Group; the Department of Education; local government units and Negros Occidental provincial government; Betty Bantug Benitez Foundation; Negros Nine Human Development Foundation; the Rotary Club of Bacolod South; St. Joseph School – La Salle; USLS-based Balayan Social Development Office, Business Resource Center, and USLS Integrated School – Community Services Center.
The parents also have important roles in the program - marketing, cooking and serving the meals with the supervision of the teachers. This way, parents also learn and enhance their skills in caring for the well-being of their children.