27 March 2014
The local government of Valencia City and the Department of Education (DepEd) signed a memorandum of agreement on Monday, March 17, for the implementation of DepEd's Essential Health Care Program (EHCP).
DepEd’s EHCP integrates group handwashing and toothbrushing in the public school curriculum to help children build lasting hygiene habits. Schoolchildren also undergo twice yearly deworming sessions as part of the program.
The program was initially supported by the provincial government of Bukidnon in 2012. This provided hygiene kits for 39% of the public elementary schoolchildren in Valencia City.
The recent MOA increased program coverage to 32,705 schoolchildren and strengthened the collaboration between the city’s LGU and local DepEd division.