MANILA - The Department of Education’s Taguig and Pateros divisions launched on Saturday a project where students are tasked to watch over their parents’ compliance with cleanliness measures, including garbage disposal, segregation and reduction.
The “Bantay-Magulang” Waste Management Project was launched at the Gat Andres Bonifacio Elementary School in Barangay The Fort, bringing together teachers, parents and students.
Parents and local officials signed a covenant to show their support for the program.
George Tizon, Taguig City’s education czar, said the goal of the project is to teach children about the importance of segregating biodegradable waste from non-biodegradable waste.
The project also aims to decrease garbage collected in the city by 50 percent.
“Unang-una, assignment ng mga bata na bilangin ang basura na nilalabas ng mga magulang. Titingnan nila paano ginagawa ng mga magulang ang pagsegregate. Tatalakayin ito sa silid-aralan,” Tizon said.
(The children’s task is to check the garbage taken out by their parents. They will also check how their parents segregate garbage. They will discuss this in class.)
Children will also be taught proper hand washing to protect them against the 2019 Novel Coronavirus, with the use of soap and alcohol, Tizon added.
“Last week, nag-distribute na tayo ng surgical masks. Lahat ng mga bata may surgical masks. Kasama rin sa curriculum ang tamang paggamit ng surgical masks... At paghuhugas ng kamay,” he said.
(We distributed surgical masks to all the children. The proper use of surgical masks and hand washing are included in our curriculum.)
But even without the project, Roselle Pergis, a mother of three, has already been practicing and teaching her children proper hygiene.
Pergis said she makes sure her children, aged 10, 9 and 1, always wash their hands and eat healthy.
“Pinapanatili kong malinis ang bahay... 'Yung CR talaga inuuna kong linisin, araw-araw 'yan,” Pergis said.
(I always make sure that the house is clean. I start cleaning the toilet first every day.)
She went on: “Sinasabihan ko silang bago kumain, maghugas ng kamay. Pagkatapos kumain, maghugas uli ng kamay. Sabon at alcohol... Tapos 'pag nauubo, takpan ang bibig.”
(I always tell them to wash their hands with soap or use alcohol before and after eating and to cover their mouth when coughing.)
Pergis said she also reminds her children to wear a face mask when going to crowded places.