“Matuwid na Pamamahala Tungo sa ARMM na Masagana’t Mapayapa”

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

EHCP launched in Tawi-Tawi today

August 29, 2012. School children lined the streets to welcome and greet the visitors and rejoice for this day marked a historic event in Tawi-Tawi as the Provincial Government, Department of Education and Fit for School Signed the Memorandum of Agreement and officially launched the Essential Health Care Program (EHCP). 

The ceremony was graced by officials from the DepEd Central Office, Director II Dr. Ruth Legaspi-Fuentes, Regional office ARMM headed by Asec Noor Saada and Asec Atty. Maisara Dandamun Latip, from the Aus-Aid Rollie Dela Cruz and from Fit for School Director of Operation Cromwell R. Bacareza and Region IX Project Coordinator Noel Tarrazona. The provincial government was represented by the Executive Secretary Hji. Faizal Malande. Local DepEd officials and employees were also present during the affair. 

“Programa kalagihan ha pag-Ayad sin Pamaranan” as it is dubbed in the tausug dialect, the MoA signing and official launch of EHCP in the Division of Tawi-Tawi is expected to make a difference in the lives of school children as it is a declaration of war against tooth decay and other childhood communicable diseases through the three interventions of daily handwashing, toothbrushing with fluoride and bi-annual de-worming of school children.

This is indeed a challenge for Team Tawi-Tawi to see the program progress and succeed. To echo Asec Latip in her message, “passion and commitment are what we need in order that EHCP will reach its goal.” Further, EHCP being a flagship program of the Department of Education, it is hoped that in the near future not only the five model schools who will implement the program but all elementary schools province-wide. And with the commitment of the Local Government Units, the Provincial Government, the hard working Health and Nutrition Personnel, the supportive Schools Division Superintendent and the assistance of Fit for School plus the passion and commitment of each stakeholder then there is no reason for EHCP to fail. Though the road is yet too far and the journey has just begun we already can see a bright future for our children in Tawi-Tawi and in ARMM. (Tin Sangkula/DepEd Tawi-Tawi)

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Tawi-Tawi Joins School Hygiene Drive
By ALI G. MACABALANG, Manila Bulletin Online, September 2, 2012, 6:11pm

COTABATO CITY – The province of Tawi-Tawi has joined a global venture promoting among school children in more than 30 Philippine provinces healthy habits to improve class attendance and academic performance, according to international sponsor-agencies.

The Essential Health Care Program (EHCP), an internationally recognized venture, was launched in the capital town of Bongao over the weekend by Tawi-Tawi Governor Sadikul Sahali and officials of the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) and German partner, Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), EHCP officials said.

Sahali signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) with officials of the Department of Education of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (DepEd-ARMM) and the Fit for School, a Filipino non-government organization (NGO) assisting the DepEd in the EHCP implementation, project media liaison Jennylyn Aguinaldo said.

Host officials welcomed the project, saying it would augur well in Tawi-Tawi’s archipelagic state that poses health service providers difficulty in reaching out to villagers, especially children.

The EHCP is a component of AusAID’s long-term education assistance to the ARMM provinces including Tawi-Tawi. It consists of three interventions – daily hand-washing with soap, regular tooth-brushing with fluoride toothpaste, and bi-annual deworming activity.

The supplies for the daily activities are provided by the foreign partner agencies to children in schools identified by host officials, while the DepEd, through the teachers, orients the recipients on three EHCP basic interventions, project officials said.

In Tawi-Tawi, the program will initially be implemented in five model schools, targeting 3,000 children during School Year 2012-2013.

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