DepEd RO2 Assistant Regional Director Benjamin D. Paragas declared full commitment with the Department of Health (DOH) to level up addressing the nutritional concerns of teachers, employees and learners in the region.

ARD Paragas vouched the agency’s full support to Dr. Ethelyn P. Nieto, former Undersecretary of Health who now serves as DOH Consultant and Chairman of the SuperKID Campaign, during the pilot regional launching of the Continuing Health Education for Teachers at the Highlander Hotel and Resort in Nueva Vizcaya on August 8, 2016.

Paragas challenged about 400 school heads in attendance from the Schools Division Offices of Isabela, Nueva Vizcaya, Quirino and the cities of Cauayan and Santiago to sustain a drug-free learning institutions.

“We have a lot of things to do,” says ARD Paragas.

”Our learners shall eventually become our future leaders. Let us embrace healthy living. In region 2 we cannot afford to have a single unhealthy learner,” he emphasized.

Meanwhile, Dr. Joselito Narag, Chief -Education Support Services Division (ESSD), bared through his power point presentation the health status of school children in region 2.

The report focused on the ailments attributed to poor personal hygiene. It bared the ten leading causes of illness in the country which were acute respiratory infection, acute lower respiratory tract infection, hypertension, urinary tract infection, influenza, bronchitis, acute watery diarrhea, Tuberculosis respiratory infection, TB and other forms and dengue fever.

An inherent part of the CHET project was the SuperKID School to school Caravan with a special 1 hour per selected school event held in school grounds on principal’s approved schedule of activities which include Video Cartoon Animation, handwashing, oath taking, relay games and actual handwashing demonstrations.

In addition to the valuable learnings imparted by distinguished speakers all CHET participants were treated free of charge of medical services like Bio Impedance Analysis with nutrition counseling, blood sugar screening and BP, activity hand-outs, meals and  transportation allowance.