Dasmarinas City – The Department of Education City Schools Division of Dasmarinas signed a Memorandum of Agreement with Permethrin Kwell, a brand under Aspen Philippines, for a two-year partnership to promote health and hygiene in schools, March 1.

The program dubbed as “Kwella sa Eskwela sa Dasma” aims to prevent and treat pediculosis (head lice) and scabies among pupils, which is a health concern in schools in the city. Based on the data from the Division Health and Nutrition Unit, 7 out of 10 pupils at the elementary level, while 3 out of 10 students at the secondary level are afflicted with head lice. To address this issue, Kwella sa Eskwela sa Dasma will conduct health awareness campaign integrated in Oplan Kalusugan sa DepEd and distribute health kits including Kwell products during the annual health inspection of learners in all public schools in Dasmarinas City.

“We at DepEd value the support of our partners in helping us sustain the different programs and projects of our students. In terms of health, we know the importance of hygiene in schools and how this relates to student performance and achievement,” noted Christopher Diaz, Schools Division Superintendent. He thanked Aspen Philippines for being one with DepEd Dasmarinas in ensuring that pupils are lice-free and healthy.

The representatives of Aspen Philippines and Kwell expressed their support for the partnerships. “We hope to raise more awareness on preventing pediculosis and we are happy to pilot this program in DepEd Dasmarinas,” shared Joey Santos, Marketing Manager, and Reynato Munar Jr., Product Manager.

Representing DepEd Dasmarinas in the MOA signing were Schools Division Superintendent Diaz; Dr. Leticia Lopez, SGOD Education Program Supervisor;  Brenda Igos, Division Medical Officer;  Valerie Ribay, Nurse; Erica Mercado, Dentist; and Anne Katherine Cortez, Senior Education Program Specialist.

Kwell was represented by Joey Santos, Marketing Manager for Ethical and Consumer Healthcare; Reynato Munar Jr., Product Manager for Ethical Brands; Marinell Ramile, Activations Intern; Darlene Tolentino-Dela Cruz, Marketing Manager of Headstart Marketing; Rocelyn Gultiano, Kwell Project Supervisor; Jenelyn Latoja, Kwell Project Coordinator, and Jemari Ocasla, Project Assistant.

The partnership is an initiative of the Health and Nutrition Unit and the Social Mobilization and Networking Unit of the Schools Governance and Operations Division. (Anne Katherine G. Cortez, Senior Education Program Specialist/ Division Information Officer, SDO Dasmariñas City)