1st Cav distributes hygiene kits to school children in Upper Pulacan

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By Gideon C. Corgue (ALT/GCC/PIA9/Zamboanga del Sur)

LABANGAN, Zamboanga del Sur (PIA) – The 1st Cavalry (Tagapanguna) Squadron, Mechanized Infantry Division, Philippine Army recently distributed personal hygiene kits to 100 school children in Upper Pulacan Elementary School in barangay Upper Pulacan here.

The said kit includes basic hygiene items such as toothbrush, toothpaste, face towel, bath soap and alcohol.

1st Cavalry Squadron commanding officer LtCol. Charlemagne Batayola, Jr. in his message said the project was conceived to teach school children proper hygiene habits.

“Ang 1st Cavalry Squadron ay namimigay ng hygiene kits sa ating mga kabataan para matulungan natin na ma-develop ang kanilang proper hygiene habits habang sila ay bata pa at para ma-improve ang kanilang physical health development,” Batayola explained.

Batayola said the project was launched in Upper Pulacan Elementary School to coincide with the Children’s Month celebration this November. “We involved the children in our project because they are also part of our stakeholders,” he added.

He said the hygiene kit distribution was the third activity conducted in the elementary schools adopted by the unit.

The first was in Navalan Elementary School, Tukuran and second, in San Pedro Central Elementary School, Pagadian City where a total of 409 students have availed of the project.

During the activity, the school children were taught by Rural Health Unit (RHU) staff to perform proper hand washing to avoid from getting sick.

Vincent Valdez, the school principal thanked the 1st Cavalry Squadron for choosing their school as one of the beneficiaries of their project.

Valdez said with the project, school children will learn good habits and proper hygiene so they will have a healthy future.