MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Education (DepEd) is again implementing its universal medical and dental check-up (UMDC) program for public school students.
The UMDC, to be implemented this month through the DepEd’s Health and Nutrition Center and the Adopt-A-School Program secretariat, would be expanded to enable the implementation of Executive Order Number 595 or the Health Education Reform.
The UMDC allows the DepEd to establish data on the health and nutritional status of school children. This data provides the basis for planning and the sourcing of funds for school feeding and health services.
The program also mobilizes local health providers to ensure the examination of a specific population and the treatment and referral of medical cases.
The UMDC was launched in 2005 as part of the National School Health Maintenance Drive for elementary students.
The program is conducted by school health and nutrition personnel together with volunteer private and public health professionals from various medical and dental associations.
Education Secretary Jesli Lapus said the program complements the government’s efforts to alleviate hunger and poverty, especially in poor, remote provinces.
“The expansion of our UMDC represents the success of DepEd’s active involvement in the improvement of the delivery of basic education in our country and the lives of the people as well,” Lapus said.