GIFT GIVING. Senator Imee Marcos (center) leads the distribution of cash assistance to individuals in crisis situation Sunday (Nov. 13, 2022) in Cagayan de Oro City. She was joined by local government leaders.  (PNA photo by Nef Luczon)


CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY - A total of PHP6 million worth of cash assistance was distributed Sunday to 2,000 individuals in crisis situations here, and the town of Tagoloan in Misamis Oriental province.

Senator Imee Marcos led the distribution of cash aid, nutribuns, and toys to 200 children as she celebrated her 67th birthday.

The Department of Social Welfare Department (Region 10) and officials of the provincial government of Misamis Oriental and local governments of Cagayan de Oro and Tagoloan joined the fund distribution at the Tagoloan Dome Sunday.

Marcos, meanwhile, reiterated her call to support her nutribun project which was first introduced in the 70s during the term of his late father, former President Ferdinand E. Marcos Sr.

"After Covid-19 pandemic, many lost jobs, and hunger (rate) and poverty are high nationwide. That's why we will revive the nutribun, so that our children will be healthy and smart," she said.

In 2020, the Department of Science and Technology’s Food and Nutrition Research Institute launched the "Enhanced (E)-Nutribun” which is more beneficial to children as it contains more micronutrients with 504 calories, 17.8 grams of protein, 6.08 milligrams of iron, and 244 micrograms of vitamin A.

DSWD Region 10 Assistant Director for Administration Rosemarie Conde commended Marcos on her commitment and zeal to provide quality of life among vulnerable sectors as a humble and dynamic public servant. (PNA)