Zambo gets WASH in early childhood care program PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 07 October 2014 14:19

Zamboanga City is a recipient of the Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) in Early Childhood Care and Development (ECCD) program of the United Nations International Children Emergency Fund (UNICEF).

Implemented under the 7th Country Programme of the United Nations Children’s Fund and the Philippine Government, the WASH in ECCD forms part of the bigger program Early Childhood Care and Development Creating foundations for Lifelong Learning supported by the Australian government and is aimed to contribute to early child development and school-readiness through improvement of children’s access to clean water supply, sanitary toilets and effective hygiene education in day care centers and kindergarten classes.

As this developed, Mayor Beng Climaco welcomed the  proposal and directed City Health Officer Dr. Rodelin Agbulos, City Social Welfare and Development Officer Socorro Rojas including Councilor Myra Paz Abubakar to coordinate efforts to ensure the full and effective implementation of the program in the city.

Through the program, the city will be given technical assistance in piloting and scaling-up the WASH programme in care centers. Specifically these assistance includes capacity building for local social welfare and development office and day care workers on WASH in ECCD; community mobilization for improvement of water supply, toilets and group handwashing facilities in day care centers; implementation of daily group handwashing and toothbrushing in day care centers and monitoring and evaluation of program implementation.

The program will be implemented in the city through the non-governmental organization Philippine Center for Water and Sanitation (PCWS), which is UNICEF’s implementing partner for the WASH in ECCD program.

In a letter to Mayor Climaco, Margaret Sheehan, OIC-Deputy Representative for United Nations Children’s Fund said a memorandum of agreement will be entered into by the PCWS with the local government unit to institutionalize the WASH in day care programme.

The agreement will involve the commitment of the LGU to scale-up and sustain the program through budgetary support to improve WASH facilities and annual provision of  hygiene supplies to day care centers. The PCWS for its part, will commit to provide continuing technical assistance to the programme. — Sheila Covarrubias