Over 100 participants composed of Public Schools District Supervisors (PSDSs), District ICT Coordinators, School Health Personnel, and selected personnel attended the one-day orientation on WASH in Schools (WINS) Program implementation at DepEd Compound, Cavite last July 12.

The program, which promoted correct hygiene and sanitation practices among school children and a clean environment in and around schools to keep learners safe and healthy was made possible through the effort of School Governance and Operations Division (SGOD) – School Health Section

WASH in Schools (WINS) stands for Water, Sanitation and Hygiene is an initiative of the Department of Education as reiterated under DepEd Order No. 10, s. 2016, Policy and Guidelines for the Comprehensive Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene in Schools (WINS) Program.

Dr. Rainerio U. Reyes, Medical Health Officer, emphasized the urgency of implementing the program.

“Water, sanitation, and hygiene are the critical issues that need immediate and collaborative action from the various stakeholders of the school,” Reyes explained.

In a video documentary that he presented before the participants, he urged them to immediately heed the call in order to ensure that Batang Caviteños will be at par with their counterparts. He also discussed the global concept of the Three-Star Approach and the translation of the standards in the TSA rubrics.

Meanwhile, Dr. Diana P. Topacio, OIC-Chief of School Governance and Operations Division, outlined the structure of the program at each level of implementation including the tasks and compositions. As an integral program of the Department, WINS is also integrated in the School-Based Management Practices which was also explained during the orientation.

The Three-Star Approach monitoring scheme especially the tools, the data submissions, and report generation was presented by Mignon Cecille M. Mangoba, Information Technology Officer. She also discussed the mechanisms for selecting best schools division which include the overview, criteria and process, and the rating and recognition.

After the lectures, the participants were given time to develop school plan for the immediate next steps in the implementation of the program. (Jonathan S. Jimenez, EPS II – Monitoring and Evaluation Section)