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Tuesday, September 29, 2015

1st Cav distributes hygiene kit to school children

By Claro A. Lanipa

PAGADIAN CITY – The First Cavalry (Tagapanguna) Squadron, Mechanized Infantry Division, Philippine Army distributed yeserday hygiene kit to 200 grades 1 and 6 pupils of San Pedro Central Elementary School, this city.

City Administrator Lauro Mendoza said “at the onset of rainy season and not only rainy season but typhoon season, it is important that our children be protected from any illness and these can be prevented through regular proper hygiene.”

Mendoza commended the First Cavalry Squadron for initiating this program, “which is beyond its call of their duty.”

“Traditionally, we all know that our soldiers carry their firearms and go to the mountains in search of the lawless elements or enemies of the state. But today we all witness the members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) particularly those of the First Cavalry Squadron are with us helping in the promotion of proper hygiene by giving hygiene kit to our schoolchildren,” Mendoza said.

Executive Officer Major Roger  G. Conmigo, who represented the Squadron Commander LtCol. Charlemagne Batayola Jr., said this activity is one of our program under the squadron’s  Civil Military Operation (CMO) aimed at promoting proper hygiene to our indigenous people especially the children.

“Cleanliness is really very important not only in our surroundings but also in our physical body,”  as he quoted the saying which goes “cleanliness is next to godliness.”

In addressing  the 200 pupils and some parents at the school’s stage, Conmigo pointed out that “if we will keep ourselves always clean, we will stay away from illnesses and we will have a healthy body.”

Dr. Mayleen Manupac of the Rural Health Unit of Labangan explained the importance of hygiene and demonstrated the proper hand washing, brushing of teeth and other hygiene techniques prior to the distribution of the kit.

Earlier, the same activity was also conducted by the First Cavalry Squadron at Margarito Lagare Elementary School, Navalan, Tukuran Zamboanga del Sur.