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SAN JOSE, Antique Oct 21 (PIA) -- The Essential Health Care Package (EHCP) is a typical example of Public-Private Partnership(PPP) in progress.

Democrito Figueroa, Jr. Program Coordinator EHCP, Fit for School Inc., said various agencies of government and other non-government organizations play a crucial role in the implementation of EHCP to achieve the millennium development goals (MDG) on education and reducing childhood illnesses.

Figueroa said the EHCP in Antique is being implemented with support from Department of Education, local government units (provincial, municipal and barangay levels), United Nations Children’s Fund and even Parent-Teachers Association.

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OCTOBER 15, 2011 marked the 4th anniversary of Global Handwashing Day (GHD) in the Philippines where GHD partners Procter & Gamble (P&G), Unicef, the Department of Education (DepEd) and the Department of Health (DOH) continued to stress the importance of hand washing with soap during critical times to stay healthy. These critical times are before eating and handling food, after using the toilet, after playing, and after handling pets.

Hand washing with soap during these critical times helps prevent diseases like diarrhea and pneumonia - leading causes of death among children.

GHD was started in 2008 by the Global Public-Private Partnership for hand washing to foster and support a global culture of hand washing with soap, shine a spotlight on the state of hand washing in every country and raise awareness about the benefits of hand washing with soap. To date, the Philippines is one of over 100 countries that proudly supports and celebrates GHD.

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THE PHL Azkals have played out its last match for the year, but they are still going around the country to spread the football love.

Some members of the squad were here in Cebu yesterday to reach out to kids for two reasons: to teach the sport and to teach kids proper hygiene.

Some members of the national squad conducted a football clinic at Sabang Elementary School in Sibonga town. This visit was in line with the Global Handwashing Day celebration.

Crowd favorites Emilio “Chieffy” Caligdong, Ian Araneta and Edward Sacapaño, Roel Gener, Misagh Bahadoran, Angel Guirado and Nate Burkey delighted the crowd made up of students, faculty and administration, and members of the local government and NGOs with their tricks, when they set out to play in the field.

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Governor Gwendolyn Garcia distributed health care packages to some preschool and elementary pupils in the municipalities of Sibonga and Tabuelan Wednesday (October 19).

The ceremonial distribution was a prelude to the province-wide launching of Capitol’s health care program for school kids called Government Working for Essential Health Care Needs (GWEN).

The health care program is a public-private partnership among the Capitol, the Department of Education (DepEd) 7 and non-government organization Fit for School Inc. (FIT).

It is aimed at addressing the health problems of children, specifically tooth decay and the spread of infection due to the lack of proper hygiene.

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SAN JOSE, Antique Oct 18 (PIA) -- Antique joins the rest of the global community in the campaign for Global Handwashing as one the most effective and inexpensive means to prevent diseases and infections.

Democrito Figuroa, Jr. Philippine Coordinator, Essential Health Care Program of United Nations Children’s Fund will be the guest of honor in tomorrow’s Global Handwashing Day program at Buhang Elementary School, some three kilometers north of Hamtic .

Figuroa will also turn-over manuals and kits for Essential Health Care Program (EHCP) - Fit For School.

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