Policy and Guidelines on Healthy Food and Beverage Choices in School Canteens and in DepEd Offices

Policy and Guidelines on Healthy Food and Beverage Choices in School Canteens and in DepEd Offices

Policy and Guidelines on Healthy Food and Beverage Choices in School Canteens and in DepEd Offices

To:      Undersecretaries

           Assistant Secretaries

           Bureau and Service Directors

           Regional 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.

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