By Christele Jao Amoyan, Crispin Mahrion D. Abacan, and Jarred Inzle D. Santos
The UP Los Baños (UPLB) College of Development Communication Student Council (CDCSC) launched its first community project at Barangay Anos, feeding 56 children ages 3 to 12 on December 7, 2013, Sunday afternoon.
The Brgy. Anos feeding program is the first activity in the CDCSC’s Project Los Baños (Project LB). According to CDCSC Chairperson Von Carlo Yacob, Project LB is a long-term community outreach program initiated by the UPLB CDCSC AY 2013-2014 to benefit 14 barangays of Los Baños.
Yacob explained that the CDC Student Council realized that they could extend help reaching out to the Los Baños community. He emphasized that Project LB is a needs-based initiative. The activities the CDCSC will be designing and implementing in different Los Baños barangays may vary depending on each community’s identified problems or needs.
Project LB in Brgy. Anos was composed of a seminar, games, and the feeding activity. According to Nutritionist Marjohn Reglos, the resource person for the seminar, proper nutrition influences how children interact with each other. Anos Barangay Nutrition Scholar Ella Perez shared that they have been conducting feeding program since August 2013. The feeding program stopped during the recent barangay elections. “Mas active yung involvement ng community ngayon kasi kasama na yung mga nanay,” noted Perez.
Accompanying the children were the mothers, Aling Lorna Newton being one of them. Aling Lorna, 41, said that she was happy to see her children Pamela and Brylle having fun during the activity. Aling Lorna, together with Aling Sonia and Aling Cora, who attended the Project LB, wished that such activity will continue serving their community.
The launch of Project LB was the product of the collaboration of the CDCSC, Anos Barangay Council, Barangay Nutrition Scholars, Barangay Tanod Officials, and the volunteers.