The School Health Section Division of Santa Rosa City through the Dental Health Team conducted several activities that promoted oral hygiene awareness among public school learners to improve learning outcomes and reduce absenteeism. It was in part of the observance of the 14th National Dental Health Month celebration across the country.

The campaign ran for the entire month of February. The Dental Health personnel launched their way from school to school to facilitate programs promoting the importance of oral health.

The first of its campaign was the inclusion of “Panatang Makangipin” among public elementary schools during flag ceremony. In this activity, school learners recited the poem entitled “Panatang Makangipin” as a reminder of the importance of oral health. School heads were likewise enjoined to extend administrative support to ensure the proper conduct of the program in their respective schools.

On the other hand, two major contests were simultaneously conducted on March 5, 2018 at Santa Rosa Elementary School Central III. These were the Sabayang Pagbigkas and the Short Film Making Contest. The former was opened to public elementary schools, while the latter was to public junior high schools.

The poetic piece entitled “Panatang Makangipin” was used in the Sabayang Pagbigkas. Each participating school was composed of 25 members who were grade five and six pupils. No other costume was required except the school uniform.

There were only nine schools that  participated. These were SRES Central I, SRES Central III, Tagapo Elementary School, Macabling Elementary School, Jose Zavalla Memorial Elementary School, Caingin Elementary School, Aplaya Elementary School, Malitlit Elementary School and Balibago Elementary School.

Among the nine contenders, SRES Central III emerged as the champion. Caingin Elementary School was second and SRES Central 1, third. Selected division health personnel served as panel of judges.

In the afternoon of the same day, four entries contending in the Short Film Making Contest were presented. It was through the courtesy of Santa Rosa Science and Technology High School, Pulong Santa Cruz National High School, Sto. Domingo National High School and Southville 4 National High School.

Selected Public Schools District Supervisor and Education Program Supervisor critiqued the short film. The winning entry depicted the theme, “Ngiping Inaruga Mula Pagkabata, Malusog na Ngiti Baon Pagtanda”. The film ran from five to ten minutes long and had been a total student effort in all stages of the production.

Among four contenders, Santa Rosa Science and Technology High School emerged as the first placer; Southville 4 National High School, second placer; and Pulong Santa Cruz National High School, third placer.

During the closing and awarding ceremonies, the division Dentist-In-Charge, Dr. Karren Jaye A. Panganiban elaborated the importance of oral health awareness. She also encouraged the learners to focus on the message of the theme of the 14th National Dental Health Month celebration. She emphasized that the message should not remain as a literary piece or a moving picture but a tangible action doing the right thing.

Dr. Panganiban said that the government is exerting great effort to promote oral health among schools. That is to uphold general health and well-being towards improving learning outcomes and reducing absenteeism.

Mr. R. A. Calvez

SRES Central III