By Marcelo B. Lihgawon
Four schools in the province are now benefitting from Philippine Red Cross(PRC) project that aims to contribute to the reduction of vulnerability of schoolchildren to disaster and health risks.
Cheryl Barrios, Officer-In-Charge of PRC-Ifugao Chapter, identified the beneficiaries of the Building Healthy and Resilient School Project (BHRSP) as the Damag and Galonogon Elementary Schools in this town , Malalupa Elementary School in Alfonso Lista and Ponghal Elementary School in Lagawe town with a total of 412 pupils.
With the Australian Red Cross as funding partner and the Department of Education and the concerned local government units as implementing partners, project was started in January 2016 and ended in June 2018, but was given extension until December 2018.
Components of the project are Red Cross Youth (RCY), water, sanitation and hygiene promotion (WASH) and disaster risk reduction (DRR)
Pilot schools are with low access to water and sanitation facilities and do not have the capacity to improve the situation; high incidence of water and sanitation related diseases; with available space for construction and/or rehabilitation of WASH facilities and willing to accept the “whole” project.
The PRC-Ifugao chapter reported that during its implementation, BHRSP was able to complete the construction and rehabilitation of WASH facilities of the four schools with counterparts from the Parents and Teachers Association and beneficiaries.
Other works include construction of two soak pits, rehabilitation of drainage canal and provision of water networks including the installation of window grills and other needed materials.
Through the project, the PRC-Ifugao also conducted major activities like disaster risk reduction sessions where pupils learned to be disaster responders, Global Hand Washing Day, World Toilet Day and WASH Summit, first Aid and Cardiopulmonary resuscitation training to teachers and School- Based Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Training for Project Schools. (JDP/MBL – PIA CAR, Ifugao)