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|Written by OSEC Communication Team
Wednesday, 19 December 2007
Department of Education (DepEd) holds medical and health missions in
the 5th and 6th class municipalities nationwide during the Christmas
season that is expected to benefit over two million Grade 1 to Grade 6
From December 17- 21, 2007, selected pupils will receive
services from doctors, nurses, dentists and other medical professionals
in their school districts. The chosen recipients include children with
disabilities, street and working children, children of poor families in
the 5th and 6th class municipalities, children in calamityaffected
areas and children who belong to the indigenous people.
The health and dental missions are part of the DepEd’s outreach
program nationwide entitled, “Tuloy ang Pasko ng Mga Bata.” The project
aims to brighten the holiday season of children in the poorest
communities of the country. It also seeks to encourage the community to
share their resources to children in need.
“The state of health and
nutrition of our students has a direct bearing on their capability to
learn” Education Secretary Jesli Lapus said.
One major factor that
causes increase in drop-out rates, despite growing investments in
education, is the poor state of health and nutrition of children,
specifically, those at Pre-school and Grade 1-3 levels.
“We have expanded the Universal Medical and Dental Check-up to examine
all pre-schools, Grades 1 to 6 pupils and secondary students, including
personnel in public schools.”
The universal medical and dental
check-ups have also been included in DepEd’s adopt-A-School Program. In
this program, members of the Philippine College of Physicians, the
Philippine Medical Associations, the Philippine Dental Association and
other health professional organizations have pitched in to smoothly
carry out the programs.
Simultaneous to the health and dental
missions, DepEd will also distribute packs of groceries, educational
toys, school supplies and reading materials. The Schools District
Supervisor will be primarily responsible in determining who will be the
Although the gift-giving program is partially funded by
the DepEd units, canteen funds and PTCA, there will be support from the
local government units and other private groups to benefit more