When the pandemic broke out in 2020, learners were left at home, teachers were forced to adapt to distance learning, as the world waited for face-to-face classes to resume. For schools in remote areas such as Busuanga Island in Palawan, or Bantayan, Cebu, access to hygiene facilities is among the necessities that will ensure pupils are protected against communicable diseases when they return to school.
With the resumption of face-to-face classes in areas with low COVID-19 alert levels, the presence of new hygiene facilities provides a sense of security for parents and teachers that learners can be still protected through proper handwashing from communicable diseases while in school.
Typhoon Ulysses (Vamco), considered by national weather bureau PAGASA as one of the most devastating typhoons to hit the country, has wreaked havoc on several parts of Luzon, most especially in Rizal and Cagayan provinces. Ayala Corporation’s energy platform, AC Energy, with the help of Manila Water Foundation, brought much-needed water relief to typhoon victims in the two severely affected areas from November 27 to December 3.
More handwashing facilities are built under the WASH in Pandemic program, which aims to deliver immediate water access, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) interventions in the “new normal”—this time in Pasig City.