Cupang Elementary School and Balayan East Central School of the Schools Division of Batangas hosted the 7th International Learning Exchange field visit as part of the week-long itinerary of activities in observance of the WASH in Schools (WinS) program implementation in the country, November 13.

Ministers of education and high–ranking officials from 19 countries including Bhutan, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Indonesia, Germany and others, organizations such as GIZ, UNICEF, Save the Children and DepEd personnel across the country participated in this huge event which aimed to intensify the implementation of DepED Order No. 10 titled “Policy and Guidelines on the Comprehensive Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene in Schools (WinS) Program.”

Rundolph R. Abanto, school head of Cupang Elementary School shared the school’s experience in the implementation of WinS program including challenges encountered and how they were able to overcome them. Abanto also stressed the positive behavioral change on the part of school stakeholders since the implementation of the policy.

Also highlighted in the event was the Question and Answer portion wherein the foreign delegates inquired on how the school was able to implement such policy and the mechanisms put in place to ensure its sustainability.

Meanwhile, DepEd Region IV-A CALABARZON Assistant Regional Director Ruth L. Fuentes expressed her gratitude to the people behind the successful conduct of the event, assuring every one of their full support to the program.

Also present from the School Division Office of Batangas Province were SGOD Chief David Nuay, Division Medical Officer III Dr. Khareen M. Cadano, and Bauan District PSDS Joel B. Lubis who actively participated in the meaningful discussion with the delegates.

A quick tour of the school followed immediately after the Q&A, wherein the delegates witnessed how the pupils conduct the daily group handwashing and toothbrushing activity.

Seeing how fun and enjoyable the activity was for the children, everyone felt inspired to adopt some of the school’s best practices. (Rundolph R. Abanto, Cupang Elementary School, Bauan, Batangas Province)