Inspired by the initial success of its school feeding program dubbed “Pepsigla,” Pepsi-Cola Products Philippines, Inc. (PCPPI) walks the extra mile to boost further its corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiative with a view to a 100-percent increase in the number of beneficiaries this year.
“From 360 kids during the start of Pepsigla in 2013-2014, we are now looking at a doubling of that number nationwide. Pepsigla remains our battle cry to combat malnutrition among our school children,” PCPPI vice president for corporate affairs and communications Jika Dalupan said.
Pepsigla officially kicked off in 2013 covering three schools in Metro Manila, then eventually expanded its scope of coverage the following year to include more pre-selected under-privileged pupils in Cebu, Leyte, and Zamboanga.
During a visit to Bacay Elementary School in Minglanilla, Cebu, PCPPI human resource manager Christine Luzano said; “Through Pepsigla, we make sure that our children are healthy enough to go to school and get the quality education they deserve.” Under the Pepsigla module, the beneficiaries, five to 10 years old, are treated to a daily feeding of a highly nutritious meal plus one glass of milk for six months.
Scientific analysis of the program’s results last year showed an encouraging substantial weight gain for the undernourished children. After completing the 120-day regimen, some 87 percent were “fully rehabilitated to normal health levels.”
Authorities noted that poor health largely equates to under par academic performance and absenteeism among the students. Through Pepsigla, PCPPI is able to address this in partnership with non-government organization Kabisig ng Kalahi, the National Competitiveness Council, and the Department of Education.