06 July 2018
DepEd Order No. 028, s. 2018
Policy And Guidelines On Oplan Kalusugan Sa Department Of Education
Bureau and Service Directors
Schools Division Superintendents
Public Elementary and Secondary School Heads
All Others Concerned
1. The Department of Education (DepEd) issues the enclosed Policy and Guidelines on Oplan Kalusugan sa Department of Education (OK sa DepEd) for the provision of basic primary medical and dental care to learners to allow them to attain their full educational potential.
2. The policy and guidelines aim to promote and provide all learners and DepEd personnel with a sustainable holistic school health and nutrition program towards healthier behaviors and better learning outcomes. Specifically, it aims to:
a. have efficient implementation of school-based health and nutrition programs and services, through rational programming in terms of resources and services to optimize the results of the five flagship programs of OK sa DepEd,
b. provide all public school learners with health and nutrition services to allow them to attain their full educational potential,
c. ensure wellness of DepEd personnel through the provision of basic medical care for better productivity,
d. generate information on the health and nutrition records of all learners as a basis for planning and programming, and
e. maximize opportunities for better and wider coverage of health and nutrition services delivery, through close collaboration with various partners and stakeholders especially at the school level.
3. The bureau, service, and regional directors, school division superintendents, school heads, other personnel, parents, learners, partners, and other stakeholders are enjoined to extend full support to and participation in this program.
4. This DepEd Order shall take effect immediately upon the approval of the Secretary.
5. Immediate dissemination of and strict compliance with this Order is directed.
(Enclosure to DepEd Order no. 028, s. 2018)
OPLAN KALUSUGAN SA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION (OK sa DepEd)
BACKGROUND AND RATIONALE
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), a country’s investments for an effective school health program is considered to be a cost-effective investment as it simultaneously improves health and education. Ill and malnourished children miss so much school time, get delayed coming back or refuse to return to avoid the stigma of grade level repeaters. Unintended pregnancies cause girls to drop-out of school, lessening their chances of a better future. And the problem on illegal drugs pose as a bigger threat to the security and welfare of the youth and students.
Health-promoting practices can significantly reduce many of the current and future causes of death, diseases and disability in the Department of Education (DepEd). These practices include detecting highly vulnerable individuals in the Department, preventing unhealthy behaviors, and identifying and referring sick and malnourished children to receive health care while the children are still in school. Early detection is critical and school administrators, staff, and teachers are in a position to identify nutrition and hygienic issues, substance abuse, and risky sexual behavior.
In response, the Bureau of Learner Support Services (BLSS) – School Health Division (SHD) implements several health and nutrition programs to maintain and improve the health of schoolchildren and personnel through the preventio and control of diseases, and the promotion of health-related knowledge, attitudes, skills, and practices. Aligning these programs with its targets will pave the way for a more systematic and holistic approach in the implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of its various undertakings.
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