In the Philippines, malnutrition remains a major issue especially among school children; many Filipino children drop out of school or miss classes due to hunger and malnutrition. The Foundation’s flagship Growing Good to Great Kids or 3G Program addresses basic education by helping to keep elementary students in school through nutrition enhancement/feeding as the main intervention.
The 3G Program's beneficiaries are four public schools in Muntinlupa City: Bayanan Elementary School Main (BESM), Lakeview Integrated School (LIS), Sucat Elementary School-Main (SESM) and Muntinlupa Elementary School (MES).
Every school day, approximately 200 Grades 1 and 2 pupils who are undernourished are fed a nutritious lunch and provided multi-vitamin supplements. Regular quarterly monitoring of the students’ height, weight and body mass index (BMI) is done by the School Nurses, with help from PTC employee-volunteers.
The 3G Program is an integrated approach that includes three other interventions: sports development through baseball, learning enrichment in arts and reading, and training for teachers and parents.
Further, in support of early childhood education and the Kindergarten Education Act, PTC-CSJ Foundation supports the construction of Kinder classrooms and libraries in public elementary schools in partnership with AGAPP Foundation.