01 August 2013
In order to help ensure that schoolchildren are "fit, fed, and healthy," the Department of Education Division of Iligan, Fit for School, and Pilmico Foods Corporation signed a memorandum of agreement on Monday, July 29, to implement DepEd's Essential Health Care Program (EHCP) in selected public elementary schools in Iligan City.
"Our subjects will be for naught if our pupils are hungry. The training of our teachers in Manila will be for naught if we have dirty schoolchildren suffering from tooth decay," said schools division superintendent Randolph Tortola during the ceremony held at the division conference room.
"Take note that schoolchildren are not only the responsibility of teachers and parents. They are the most vulnerable and therefore need the protection of all stakeholders," echoed Engineer Dizon Ducay, president of the city's General Parent-Teacher Association and one of the MOA signatories.