Philippine Red Cross project piloted in Ifugao schools

ALFONSO LISTA, Ifugao, May 21 (PIA) -- Four elementary schools in the province are beneficiaries of a Philippine Red Cross (PRC) project dubbed as “Building a Healthy and Resilient Schools Project.”


Cheryl Barrios, Officer-In-Charge of PRC-Ifugao Chapter, identified the project beneficiaries as the Damag and Galonogon Elementary Schools in Aguinaldo, Malalupa Elementary School in this town and and Ponghal Elementary School in Lagawe town with a total of 412 pupils.

The project’s key goal is to contribute to the reduction of vulnerability of schoolchildren to disaster and health risk. Components are Red Cross Youth (RCY); water, sanitation and hygiene promotion (WASH) and disaster risk reduction (DRR).  

Under RCY is the organization of councils in the schools to undergo basic leadership training and junior first aid training.

For WASH, trainings are provided to students, teachers and parents in conducting hygiene promotion through the children’s hygiene and sanitation training (CHAST) approach and construction or rehabilitation of water and sanitation facilities.

Awareness raising on disaster risks and support to disaster preparedness or small scale mitigation includes DRR sessions, development of school early warning system and evacuation plan and conduct of school evacuation drill.

Barrios reported that among the expected outcomes include school children have improved hygiene practices and increased capacity of parents, students and school personnel to manage WASH programs using participatory approach.

Morever, school personnel, students, and parents are able to respond and mitigate the impact of disasters and strengthen the capacity of chapter personnel and partners on school- based programming,” she added.

As part of the project, evacuation drills were conducted to the four school-beneficiaries participated by pupils and school personnel sponsored by the PRC - Ifugao Chapter, in partnership with local disaster offices and partner agencies.

The project, with the Australian Red Cross as funding partner, started implementation in October 2015 and is expected to end in June 2018. Marcelo B. Lihgawon (ALT/MBL - PIA CAR, Ifugao)


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