Tuesday, September 3, 2013

ARMM participates in the Regional Networking Visit to Indonesia

Indonesian school boys demonstrating proper handwashing technique.
The facility also served as wudhu (ablution) area. (Photo c/o Tin Tawasil-Sangkula)
Bandung, Indonesia - The Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) joined and participated in the Regional Networking Visit to Indonesia on August 25-29, 2013 organized by the Deutsche Gesellschaft Für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and Fit for School (FfS). 

The visit was aimed at improving the Essential Health Care Program (EHCP) implementation, a DepEd flagship program through exchange of experiences and best practices among the participating countries and regions. It also aimed to establish a regional Fit for School Network that will raise interest and support for effective school health programming among participants. 

The ARMM Team was composed of officials from the DepEd Regional Office with Asec Atty. Maisara Dandamun-Latiph, Schools Division Superintendents, Hja. Bai Meriam A. Kawit, Mona Macatanong, Dr. Normillah Pangandaman, Paridah L. Sansarona,and Dr. Zenaida D. Ampatua; Health Personnel, Christine T. Sangkula, and Fit for School Regional Manager Ms. Jennylyn Aguinaldo and Project officer Norguina Mohammad-Kamaong. 

Completing the Philippine Team there were representatives from SEAMEO INNOTECH with Center Director, Ramon Bacani and Manager Sharon Joy Chao, from the Health and Nutrition Center Director Dr. Ella Naliponquit, and from the GIZ, Jose Cardona ( Senior Advisor), Melf Kuehl (Advisor) and Johann Leonardia ( Regional Coordinator). 

The Local Government Unit (LGU) was represented by Parang, Maguindanao Mayor Ibrahim Ibay. Together with the Philippine Delagation were participants from LAO PDR and Indramayu West Java Indonesia. 

The participating countries and regions visited four (4) schools: the SDN Kresna, SD Pertiwi, SDN Leuwipanjang and MIN Margasari where actual handwashing and toothbrushing activities were performed by school children. In each school visited there was a presentation on the school profile and information about the program implementation that included the sharing of their best practices and challenges met and how they were resolved. 

Each participating country and region also presented the similar inputs during the courtesy visit to the Office of the Governor. Questions and comments were entertained during the open forum in each school visit. For the ARMM Team Asec Latiph did the presentation of which reports from the different divisions were neatly tailored. Dr. Nalipoquit of HNC also made a comprehensive and very beautiful presentation. 

The ARMM Team upon return to their respective Schools Division is expected to replicate best practices and further improve the implementation of EHCP. (tinsangkula/ Tawi-Tawi)

"Moral Governance"

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

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

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

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


"Ministry of Basic, Higher and Technical Education (MBHTE)"