Policy and Guidelines on Healthy Food and Beverage Choices in School Canteens and in DepEd Offices
Bureau and Service Directors
Schools Division Superintendents
Public and Private Elementary and Secondary Schools Heads
All Others Concerned
For the information and guidance of all concerned, the Department of Education (DepEd) issues the enclosed Policy and Guidelines on Healthy Food and Beverage Choices in Schools and in DepEd Offices for the promotion and development of healthy eating habits among the youth and DepEd employees by making available healthy, nutritious, and affordable menu choices, and for setting food standards.
The Policy and Guidelines aim to:
- make available healthier food and beverage choices among the learners and DepEd personnel and their stakeholders;
- introduce a system of categorizing locally available foods and drinks in accordance with geographical, cultural, and religious orientations;
- provide guidance in evaluating and categorizing foods and drinks; and
- provide guidance in the selling and marketing of foods and beverages in schools and DepEd offices, including the purchasing of foods for school feeding.
DepEd Order No. 8, s. 2007 entitled Revised Implementing Guidelines on the Operation and Management of School Canteens in Public Elementary and Secondary Schools Policy Statements Nos. 4.4, 4.5, and 4.6 are modified accordingly by this issuance.
This Order shall take effect immediately upon publication on DepEd Website.
Immediate dissemination of and strict compliance with this Order is directed.