A year-end forum on DepEd Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) in Schools (WinS) with Regional WinS Focals and Coordinators was conducted by Department of Education Bureau of Learner Support Services – School Health Division (BLSS-SHD) through assistance of the WASH in Schools (WinS) TWG last 21 December 2020 from 1:30PM-4:30PM.

The activity which was done in support of the Basic Education Learning Continuity Plan (BE-LCP) and aims to show the results and progress of the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene in Schools for the past year, present and address concerns on the conduct of WinS Monitoring for SY 2020-2021, and discuss considerations for the safe return to schools was attended by about 260 participants: DepEd representatives, National, Regional and Division WinS Coordinators, DepEd Wins Partner Organizations and other guests.

Achievements, milestones, and directions of the WASH in Schools initiatives and programs in the Philippines was presented in the “Mapping the Journey of Wins” as presented by the Bureau of Learner Support Services- School Health Division (BLSS-SHD) Chief Dr. Maria Corazon Dumlao, Fit For School Senior Advisor and WASH Advisor Bella Monse and Ubo Pakes of UP Cebu.

The forum also was an avenue to present the revised WinS Monitoring Checklist and proposed guidelines for the School year 2020/21.  Regional WinS Coordinators present were also consulted on preparing for physical school re-opening regarding the proposed template for safe return to school checklist. Concerns and considerations for WinS programs and monitoring of the regions and divisions were also discussed.

This event is a major step for the WASH in Schools Program partners and an opportunity to highlight the support of the GIZ Fit for School Program in the development of the monitoring system and the dashboard and its continued assistance and focus on WinS monitoring for this year.

Presentations in the said forum may be accessed through the Department of Education WinS Page: https://wins.deped.gov.ph/event-resources/wash-in-schools-forum-2020-resource