WHO cites ARMM for hygiene programs for public school children

October 28, 2015 5:45 am 

COTABATO CITY, Oct. 27 -– The Geneva-based World Health Organization (WHO) has recognized the hygiene programs of the Department of Education in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (DepEd-ARMM) for public school students in the region, an education official announced today.

Dr. John Magno, DepEd-ARMM regional secretary, showed to reporters a communiqué from WHO that acknowledged the agency’s advocacy for hygiene among public school students during the launching of the Global Handwashing Day (GHD) on Monday here.

WHO also lauded ARMM for observing the GHD annually since its launching in 2011.

“It is wonderful to hear about the Global Handwashing Day being celebrated all over ARMM. Such advocacy for hygiene ensures that all children can be clean and healthy to attend school,” Magno quoted the WHO citations as saying.

“It is great to see the national and regional government working closely together to provide such strong support for this highly beneficial initiative,” the WHO citation said.

”It was a vote of confidence from WHO,” Magno added.

On Monday, Magno and Dr. Kadil Sinolinding Jr, regional health secretary for ARMM, led regional officials and employees in the GHD event where school children from public and private schools were taught proper handwashing techniques.

Magno said the event was meaningful as it was also attended by Ballader Ronnie Liang, now a GHD endorser and a representative Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ).

The Germany-based GIZ has been extending DepEd-ARMM with technical assistance in implementing hygiene programs for public school children.

GIZ, a global advocacy dedicated to promoting awareness and public understanding on the importance of handwashing to prevent diseases, is installing 1,500 washing facilities in public schools and learning centers in the region.

ARMM is composed of the provinces of Maguindanao, Lanao del Sur, Basilan, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi. (PNA)



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