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"I wish to congratulate everyone for the publication of the National Guidelines for the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) in Schools (WinS) Program of the Department of Education (DepEd). The Department is pleased to present an overview of the WinS Program including the use of the Three Star Approach which is an integrated quality assurance, monitoring, and recognition system to support schools for a successful program implementation.
The development of the WinS Policy and Program recognizes that the core of DepEd’s work is to enable our learners to reach their fullest potential by ensuring healthy and enabling learning environments. The WinS Program has put together a comprehensive package of doable practices, measures, and interventions for schools to improve towards the achievement of national standards. These standards are readily seen in the key WinS components, namely: availability of safe drinking water in school on a daily basis; adequate, clean, functional, and accessible school toilets; supervised daily group handwashing with soap and brushing of teeth with fluoride toothpaste among all schoolchildren; environmental sanitation in schools; semi-annual deworming of schoolchildren; safe practices in food handling and preparation; effective menstrual hygiene management in all schools; and health education for all students and personnel, augmented by capacity building for all DepEd program implementers.
The schools need to dedicate themselves to proper operation and maintenance to safeguard the investments and build on them to sustain the improvement of WASH conditions. The active participation of partners and stakeholders is vital to the success of the WinS Program. Likewise, the stakeholders need to align with the DepEd WinS Program mechanisms and closely work with the schools at all stages of implementation to transform challenges into desired outcomes. With the support of all partners, DepEd is committed to expand and improve the implementation of the WinS Program towards the realization of our goal to deliver quality, accessible, relevant, and liberating basic education for all Filipino learners to have a better start in life, and thereby contribute to a better, brighter future for this nation.
Leonor Magtolis Briones
Secretary / Department Of Education
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