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ALL government agencies down to the barangay level are now mandated to provide the basic needs of children ages 0 to 8, considered to be the first crucial stage of educational development following the signing of the implementing rules and regulations (IRR) of Republic Act 10410, also known as The Early Years Act of 2013.
Education Secretary Armin Luistro, Health Secretary Enrique Ona, Social Welfare Secretary Corazon “Dinky” Soliman, Teresita Inciong, executive director of the Early Childhood Care and Development Council (ECCD) Secretariat; and Maria Bernardita Flores, executive director of the National Nutrition Council, signed the IRR at the Department of Education (DepEd) central office in Pasig City on Monday.
The Early Years Act of 2013, which was enacted seven months ago, provides holistic care for young children in the crucial stage of development.
The measure provides that the state should make accessible services that provide for the basic needs of young children such as early education, health and sanitation, nutrition, child protection, social services and human development.
The law institutionalizes a national ECCD system that involves the collaboration of various agencies at the national and local levels with families and communities, nongovernment agencies, professional and academic groups and other service providers.
Luistro also noted that there is no need to put up more day care centers since there are many day care centers in the country to teach early childhood education. He said there are more than 50,000 day-care centers in the country mostly run by the barangay and local government units.
“The budget [provided for the ECCD] won’t build new day care centers. We almost have enough. So our focus is the on the programs. We make sure that under the programs of everyone, no one will be left behind,” Luistro said.
According to the ECCD, over 13 million Filipino children fall under the ages of 0 to 6.
Under the law, the over-all guidance and supervision for the care of children from 0 to 4 shall be the responsibility of the ECCD Council while that of children from 5 to 8 shall be with the DepEd.
The Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation is also mandated to contribute P500 million per year for five years to fund the establishment of National Child Development Centers and the conversion of existing day care centers into child development centers.
ALL government agencies down to the barangay level are now mandated to provide the basic needs of children ages 0 to 8, considered to be the first crucial stage of educational development following the signing of the implementing rules and regulations (IRR) of Republic Act 10410, also known as The Early Years Act of 2013.

Education Secretary Armin Luistro, Health Secretary Enrique Ona, Social Welfare Secretary Corazon “Dinky” Soliman, Teresita Inciong, executive director of the Early Childhood Care and Development Council (ECCD) Secretariat; and Maria Bernardita Flores, executive director of the National Nutrition Council, signed the IRR at the Department of Education (DepEd) central office in Pasig City on Monday.

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“The Power is in your hands”, is this year’s theme for the Global Handwashing Day (GHD) which is usually celebrated globally every 15th of October. However, because of some activities and commitments of the region and divisions in ARMM the date of the celebration varies. The region slated this celebration on October 31, 2013 but the Division of Tawi-Tawi had it yesterday October 24, 2013.
The GHD activity started with a motorcade in downtown Bongao with support from Civic Organization React Philippines (Lobster), Police Patrol Unit and traffic division of the municipal office. A short program was held after the motorcade followed by the inauguration of the new WaSH facility of Datu Halun Laboratory School that can accommodate 70-75 pupils all at once. The PTCA President Mr. Nasilin Pajiji did the honor of cutting the ribbon together with Principal Shaiha A. Irahani in recognition of their (PTCA) great contribution for its construction. It was witnessed by Fit for School, Health & Nutrition personnel, school heads, teachers, nurses, pupils, barangay officials and partners/guests. As the host school DHLS facilitated the smooth conduct of the whole activity.
One of the highlights of the activity was the Poster/slogan making contest which was participated by the original five (5) EHCP Model Schools and the other ten (10) schools identified for the Year III SY 2013-2014 EHCP implementation. There were a total of eleven (11) entries. The slogan was based on the theme but expressed in bahasa Sug or Sama to have that sense of ownership and at the same time a promotion of the mother tongue curriculum for the K-12 system.
Batu-Batu Central School won the first prize with a slogan that read: “Tangan taptap nekosean mbuh kahallian sakki kaanakan ha supaya mapasambuh ya kaalluman”( Hands must be washed regularly to prevent diseases among children for a healthy body). The second prize went to Provincial Housing ES (one of the schools for Y#2) and the third prize was a tie between Datu Halun Laboratory School and Tubig Tanah Pilot ES. All the winners were given an EHCP kit and cash prizes.
The success of the GHD in Tawi-Tawi was made possible through the concerted efforts of Fit for School, Health & Nutrition Section, Datu Halun Laboratory School, all partners and stakeholders who undeniably and untiringly contributed their ideas, time and even financial support. (tinsangkula/tawi-tawi)
“The Power is in your hands”, is this year’s theme for the Global Handwashing Day (GHD) which is usually celebrated globally every 15th of October. However, because of some activities and commitments of the region and divisions in ARMM the date of the celebration varies. The region slated this celebration on October 31, 2013 but the Division of Tawi-Tawi had it yesterday October 24, 2013.

The GHD activity started with a motorcade in downtown Bongao with support from Civic Organization React Philippines (Lobster), Police Patrol Unit and traffic division of the municipal office. A short program was held after the motorcade followed by the inauguration of the new WaSH facility of Datu Halun Laboratory School that can accommodate 70-75 pupils all at once. The PTCA President Mr. Nasilin Pajiji did the honor of cutting the ribbon together with Principal Shaiha A. Irahani in recognition of their (PTCA) great contribution for its construction. It was witnessed by Fit for School, Health & Nutrition personnel, school heads, teachers, nurses, pupils, barangay officials and partners/guests. As the host school DHLS facilitated the smooth conduct of the whole activity.

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SAN JOSE – The province of Antique joined the global campaign on basic personal hygiene through handwashing and brushing of teeth by holding a forum and demonstration at Brgy. San Pedro here recently.
Zander Profunga, regional officer of non-government organization Fit for School, lauded those who supported the campaign, which led to the successful implementation of the program in Antique.
School Principal Remeflor Panguntalan of Assemblyman Segundo Moscoso National School (ASMMS), host of this year’s campaign, said proper handwashing, toothbrushing and deworming among children has helped in preventing illnesses, which eventually improved the academic performances of elementary pupils and high school students.
ASMMS is among the schools in Antique with model handwashing and toothbrushing facilities and water system.
Provincial Health Officer Dr. Ric Noel Naciongayo said that in a developing country like the Philippines, health and nutrition among children remain a challenge.
“We need to join hands, support the Essential Health Care Program (EHCP) that pushes the implementation of global handwashing and toothbrushing campaign to curb the spread of diseases,” Naciongayo said.
The October 15 Global Handwashing Day aims to raise public awareness on the importance of proper personal and dental hygiene in the prevention of illnesses.(PIA)
SAN JOSE – The province of Antique joined the global campaign on basic personal hygiene through handwashing and brushing of teeth by holding a forum and demonstration at Brgy. San Pedro here recently.

Zander Profunga, regional officer of non-government organization Fit for School, lauded those who supported the campaign, which led to the successful implementation of the program in Antique.

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CATARMAN, Northern Samar, Oct. 26 (PIA) – Two municipalities in Northern Samar, Bobon with 7 Day Care Centers  and Mapanas with 8 Day Care Centers are the initial recipient and beneficiaries of Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) in Early Childhood Care and Development (ECCD).
WASH in ECCD, according to Ms. Aloha Belas, Fit for School Provincial Project Officer, creates a routine to help kindergarten and day care pupils build lasting hygiene habits through daily hand washing and tooth brushing activities
The program encompasses orientation, introduction and institutionalizing the habit of hand washing with soap and tooth brushing with fluoride in day care centers and integrating water, sanitation and hygiene in the day care service.
The launching of WASH in ECCD was held recently in Bobon and Mapanas towns with the signing of Memorandum of Agreement among partners, ceremonial turn-over of hygiene packages as well as observance of the Global Handwashing Day 2013 celebration.
The project Belas said, is a joint effort of the Department of Education, Department of Social Welfare and Development, Early Childhood Care and Development Council, Australian AID, UNICEF and Fit for School.
In attendance to the activity were the local government, DepEd, DSWD, partner agencies, day care workers, parents and children. (ADiaz/PIA8-Northern Samar)
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CATARMAN, Northern Samar, Oct. 26 (PIA) – Two municipalities in Northern Samar, Bobon with 7 Day Care Centers  and Mapanas with 8 Day Care Centers are the initial recipient and beneficiaries of Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) in Early Childhood Care and Development (ECCD).

WASH in ECCD, according to Ms. Aloha Belas, Fit for School Provincial Project Officer, creates a routine to help kindergarten and day care pupils build lasting hygiene habits through daily hand washing and tooth brushing activities.

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MAMBAJAO, CAMIGUIN, October 23 (PIA) – Five outstanding Essential Health Care Package (EHCP) implementing schools were awarded here during the in-house program review held at the Camiguin Convention Center, this month.
The schools were adjudged based on the functional set-up of its health corners, drinking and hand washing facilities, as well as, on the knowledge of teachers on the program and management of supplies.
The final evaluation result for year 2012 declared Binunsaran Elementary School on first spot for both EHCP Outstanding School and Classroom Categories.
Grabbing the second place for the classroom category was Sagay Elementary School, followed by Maac Elementary School on the third spot.
Mambajao Central School was also named second under the Most Outstanding School Category, followed by the Alangilan Integrated School in Sagay town.
Camiguin Governor Jurdin Jesus M. Romualdo, leads the ceremonial distribution of awards together with Santo Betonio, EHCP Evaluation team Leader; Helen Piaña, Fit for School, Inc. Regional Project Officer; Roy Angelo Gazo, DepEd Camiguin, Schools Division Superintendent, and other local officials. (JCV/PIA)
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MAMBAJAO, CAMIGUIN, October 23 (PIA) – Five outstanding Essential Health Care Package (EHCP) implementing schools were awarded here during the in-house program review held at the Camiguin Convention Center, this month.

The schools were adjudged based on the functional set-up of its health corners, drinking and hand washing facilities, as well as, on the knowledge of teachers on the program and management of supplies.

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