Domex Brigada Eskwela 2014
This June, some of Manila’s public elementary schools will happily welcome back thousands of students, not just with freshly-painted classrooms and new chairs, but more importantly, with clean, germ-free and accessible comfort rooms.
As part of the Department of Education’s Brigada Eskwela, the public elementary schools have partnered with Unilever Philippines and its Domex 1M Clean Toilets Movement in an effort to help eliminate diarrhea-causing germs in school comfort rooms. Commencing these partnerships was a visit to the Gen. Gregorio del Pilar Elementary School to conduct proper toilet sanitation training among the janitorial staff, teachers and volunteer parents of students.
The visit was capped by actual toilet clean ups and turnover of six months’ worth of Domex products to ensure comfort room cleanliness throughout the school year. In return, members of the school communities—including teachers, students and their parents—pledged to become part of the 1M Clean Toilets Movement.
The 1M Clean Toilets Movement, an advocacy partnership between Domex, UNICEF, the Philippine Public Health Association and Shell, aims to create awareness on proper toilet sanitation and provide impoverished communities with access to clean toilets.
The campaign aims to collect 1M pledges for Clean toilets where for every pledge received, Domex donates P5 to UNICEF’s sanitation program which helps improve access to basic sanitation for hundreds of thousands of people. It has so far garnered hundreds of thousands of pledges from individuals and institutions from different sectors which helped create more than 8,000 new toilets for an estimated 160,000 Filipinos nationwide.
“We are happy to offer our toilet sanitation expertise to some of the city’s public elementary schools to make clean and germ free toilets accessible for the students. It’s our own way of safeguarding the health of our school kids especially against diseases like diarrhea. Aside from clean classrooms, we believe our students have the right to sanitized comfort rooms,” said Jay Go, Unilever Philippines Marketing Director for Home Care, during the cleanup at the Gregorio Del Pilar Elementary School in Tondo, Manila.
Poor sanitation and diarrhea
According to the World Bank’s 2006 Philippine Environment Monitor report, poor sanitation and unhygienic practices, along with water pollution, contribute to an estimated 22% of all reported diarrhea cases.
In an average bathroom, virtually every surfacefaucets, flushers, handles, doorknobs, and anything that comes into direct physical contact with humansare populated with germs, posing health and safety threats.
Growing list of partners
These schools have joined a growing number of private companies and medical institutions led by Pilipinas Shell Petroleum Corporation, the Manila Bulletin, Philippine Daily Inquirer, Philippine Star, Jose Rodriguez Hospital and the city government of Manila who strongly support and have pledged their commitment to the 1 Million Clean Toilets Campaign of Domex.
Everyone is encouraged to join by pledging for clean toilets under the 1 Million Clean Toilets campaign. Simply visit www.facebook.com/DomexPhilippines, like the page, click the “One Million Clean Toilets” app or “Pledge Here” button and click “Pledge Now”. For more information, log on to facebook.com/DomexPhilippines.
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