MBHTE-BARMM spearheads launching of Olplan Kalusugan in Upi, Maguindanao

Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao -- The Ministry of Basic, Higher, and Technical Education of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (MBHTE-BARMM) spearheaded Thursday the launching of Department of Education’s (DepEd) Oplan sa Kalusugan (OK sa DepEd) program in Upi, Maguindanao, said a report by Philippine National Agency on Friday.

The program launching was held at the Pedro Dolores Elementary School (PDES).

"OK sa DepEd" is a convergence of DepEd's health programs, plans, policies, and activities for their effective and efficient implementation at the school level that aims to ensure the health and nutrition needs of students/pupils in public schools nationwide.

Minister Mohagher Iqbal of the MBHTE-BARMM said they will focus on six major program areas such as the School-Based Feeding Program; National Drug Education Program; Adolescent Reproductive Health; Water Sanitation and Hygiene in Schools; Mental Health; and Medical, Nursing, and Dental Services.

“It is the goal of the Bangsamoro government to improve the Bangsamoro education system by providing quality, holistic, and relevant instruction to every learner,” Iqbal added. 

"It would be unacceptable if our students would miss school days, get behind in their lessons or drop-out due to health-related issues such as malnourishment, unintended pregnancies, and drug addiction," he said.

Iqbal said the health program is expected to help reduce the prevailing causes of death due to diseases of students in the region.

He said the monitoring team would be formed to ensure proper implementation of the program in BARMM schools.

"The ministry is committed not only in improving the teaching standards and facilities but also the school performance and learning capacity of every student in the Bangsamoro," he said.

Other health and nutrition programs initiated at the PDES were the proper handwashing demonstration, feeding program, deworming, and primary medical and dental care.