The Department of Education, in partnership with Fit for School and GesellschaftfürInternationaleZusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, will hold the 11th National School Health and Nutrition Congress with the theme: “Bridging the gaps in health and education through an Integrated School Health and Nutrition Program”. The congress will be held at the Teacher’s Camp in Baguio City this December 6 to 8, 2011.
Organized by the Health and Nutrition Center (HNC) headed by Dr. Maria Corazon C. Dumlao, the Congress aims to provide a venue to discuss the current health and nutrition status of the school children in public elementary and secondary schools; identify and develop solutions to bridge the gaps between health and education; discuss the Strengthened Integrated School Health and Nutrition Program 2011-2016; and enhance the participants’ capacities on school health and nutrition promotion through interactive sessions and sharing of best practices.
The second day of the Congress will be devoted to showcasing the Essential Health Care Program, DepEd’s flagship school health program in public elementary schools. Representatives from the LGUs and DepEd will share their extensive knowledge and experiences regarding EHCP implementation and management. Break-outsessions also cover WASH in Schools and the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases, among others.
DepEd Secretary Br. Armin Luistro FSC will grace the 3-day event and deliver the keynote address. Other notable speakers include Undersecretary for Programs and Projects Dr. Yolanda Quijano, Undersecretary for Regional Operations Rizalino River, Assistant Secretary Jesus Matero as well as HNC Officer-in-Charge, Dr. Dumlao.
Participants of the congress will include health, nutrition, medical, and education officials from all over the country.(PR)