Manila Water Foundation’s 2015 Global Handwashing Day Celebration Reaches Luzon, Visayas & Mindanao

Representatives of the local government unit of Tagum City and Department of Education pledged for proper handwashing with Manila Water Foundation Executive Director Carla May Beriña-Kim, Manila Water Foundation Program Manager for Water Education Arvee Joy Bello-Galman, Tagum Water District General Manager Nelly Gentugaya, Tagum City Council of Women President Alma Uy, and Rotary Club of Tagum Golden L.A.C.E.S. President Rae Kara Malbog.

Over 40,000 individuals from Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao took matters into their hands as they pledged for a cleaner, healthier and safer lifestyle and joined Manila Water Foundation’s month-long and nationwide celebration of the 2015 Global Handwashing Day (GHD).

Guests of honor led the pledging for proper handwashing in Bagong Nayon II Elementary School in Antipolo. (Front row, from left: Councilor Ronald Barcena, Ms. Chiqui Roa-Puno, Manila Water Foundation Executive Director Carla May Beriña-Kim, Unilever Brand Manager for Cleansing Carlos Corrales, Manila Water Project and Stakeholder Engagement Head Badette Del Rosario, and Manila Water Foundation Program Manager for Water Education Arvee Joy Bello-Galman.

During the entire month of October, Manila Water Foundation and its partners reached out to students from 18 schools, residents from 5 low-income communities, and individuals in 8 malls, a world class museum and a theme park all over the country to emphasize that handwashing is an important habit that everybody must practice.

Students who regularly wash their hands can protect themselves from diseases, improve their attendance in school and enhance their development


For the past three years, Manila Water Foundation, the social responsibility arm of Manila Water group of companies in the Philippines, has been supporting the Global Handwashing Day through activities that include demonstrations and actual handwashing, which complement their commitment to educate Filipinos of all ages on water, health and sanitation.

“Global Handwashing Day shouldn’t just be celebrated and observed once a year. It should be a lifestyle for all because it’s the simplest, most cost-efficient way to be healthy. We at the Foundation hope that more people help us spread this important advocacy.” says Manila Water Foundation’s Executive Director Carla May Beriña-Kim.

The men and women of Manila Water Foundation #RaiseAHandforHygiene during the month-long celebration of the  2015 Global Handwashing Day.

The Global Handwashing Day events were well supported by local government units and institutions as they also promised to uphold this year’s GHD theme, “Raise a Hand for Hygiene.” They reinforced the concept of the easiest and most effective way to keep oneself in pink of health, by enjoining children and adults alike to regularly practice and promote proper handwashing as part of overall hygiene and health.

“I commend companies that aren’t purely commercial and are socially responsible. Thank you Manila Water in general and Manila Water Foundation in particular for spreading advocacies like proper handwashing” remarked Mandaluyong Congressman Neptali Gonzales.

“This initiative is very much welcome here in Quezon City as we also advocate handwashing for overall hygiene and health. I look forward to working with Manila Water Foundation on other projects and activities related to this advocacy,” said Councilor Eufemio “Pinggoy” Lagumbay

The family that pledges to wash their hands together stay healthy always.

The month-long and nationwide celebration of the 2015 Global Handwashing Day was co-presented by Unilever and Scholastic and sponsored by Globe, Enchanted Kingdom, Ascorbic Acid Ceelin, Ayala Malls, and Ayala Cinemas. Institutional partners include the Department of Education, The Mind Museum, Clark Development Corporation, Tagum Water District, Tagum City Council of Women, Rotary Club of Tagum Golden L.A.C.E.S., Red Cross Boracay-Malay Chapter, Boracay Island Foundation, Inc., Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry-Boracay, Manila Water, Clark Water, Cebu Water, Laguna Water, Boracay Water, and Healthy Family. ABS-CBN Publishing, Working Mom, Smart Parenting, Good Housekeeping, Wish FM 107.5, Energy FM 106.7, DZUP 1602 and Yes FM Boracay served as media partners.

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