Tawi-Tawi joins Global Handwashing Day

Pupils waiting for instruction as they assemble to demonstrate their handwashing skills. 
Its the3rd year Tawi-Tawi celebrated Global Handwashing Day (GHD) since its implementation of Essential Health Care Program (EHCP) in the province on August 29, 2012.

This year's celebration was made possible through a partnership of the provincial Government of Tawi-Tawi, Health and Nutrition Section (HNS) and the Office of the Honorable Congresswoman Ruby M. Sahali under her advocacy project R.U.B.Y Gives Back with a slogan " dain kaniyu, para kaniyu" ( "from you, back to you"). The GHD activities, aside from the handwashing drill and demonstrations in Batu-Batu Central School, Magsaggaw Elementary School and Datu Halun Laboratory School on October 14 and 15, there was also distribution of hygiene kits for the school children, trivia questions for students and teachers/nurses with souvenir items and cash prizes given courtesy of Provincial Treasurer Patricia Mar. Along with the GHD event was the launching of the week- long celebration for Children's Month.

The GHD celebration was participated by officials and men and women of the Congressional District Office, from the Provincial Government Unit, Municipal LGU of Panglima Sugala, TaskForce 62, Philippine Marines, WWF, DepEd Nurses of Bongao, Red Cross, civic organization The Alert Network, Bongao School Districts, teachers, parents and pupils.

Other relevant activities that are to unfold include: forum on Health and Environment, Children's Rights, and Anti- bullying; on the spot song and essay writing contest and poster making which are set starting October 17 onwards.

Tawi-Tawi‘s GHD celebration was indeed another success to count on making people especially school children become more aware of the importance of handwashing in particular and EHCP in general. (tinsangkula/depedtawitawi)

Bacud Mahabah E/S children received shoes

By Al-Khalid S. Tiling, School Principal, Bacud Mahabah ES

Bongao, Tawi-Tawi (October 10, 2014) - It was supposed to be just an ordinary school day, until one hundred and four (104) pupils of Bacud Mahabah Elementary School in Bongao II District were surprised by Rebirth Outdoors Trekkers and Adventurers Philippines, Incorporated (ROTA). As part of the latter's outreach program, all pupils were given a pair of brand new shoes. ROTA's outreach program aims to reach out to underprivileged pupils in the far-flung area who are in school thereby contributing significantly to their increase in attendance and school performance. 
Beaming smiles were evident in the school pupils as they fitted and showed their new pair of shoes before their school community. (Photo Al-Khalid Tiling)
The outreach was made possible with the support and cooperation of the provincial government of Tawi-Tawi and local government of Bongao, together with the Philippine Marines and Alpha Sigma Phi Fraternity. 

The simple turn-over ceremony was witnessed by Division OIC Edna A. Alibasa, Bongao II District Supervisor Madam Nurijim H. Alvarez, School Principal Al-Khalid S. Tiling, Madam Elena Calva, members of the Philippine Marines, Alpha Sigma Phi Fraternity, School Nurse, teachers, parents and community leaders of Bacud Mahabah. 

"Matuwid na pamamahala tungo sa ARMM sa masagana't mapayapa"


English - "Good governance for a progressive and peaceful ARMM."

Sinama - "Hap pamarinta tudju ARMM na sambu maka salamat"

Bahasa Sug - "Dan mabuntul tudju pa ARMM masambu iban mahatul"

Meranaw - "Mathitu a kandatu sa ARMM ko katagompiya go kalilintad"