by: Eunice V. Cortez

IN THE MIDST. Dr. Elsie M. Magbanua encouraged everyone to always observe safety protocols as she is one of the five resource speakers who delivered a talk about Covid 19: The New Normal, Mga Hakbang sa Pag-iwas in the conduct of a five day-wellness symposium entitled, “School Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in the Midst of Pandemic”. The program aims to provide physical, mental and psychological support for students and parents of Cavite NHS.

Cavite National High School-Junior High launches Nestle Wellness Program with the theme ‘School Mental Health and Psychological Support in the Midst of Pandemic’ to aide students in maintaining healthy being and mentality despite the ongoing pandemic.

The program focused on developing different aspects of a student’s being; physically, mentally and psychologically.

“Sa kabila ng kinakaharap nating pandemya, layunin ng programa ng CNHS Campus Wellness na manatiling malusog at masigla ang pangangatawan maging ang kaisipang mental ng mga magaaral, magulang at maging ang mga guro ng ating paaralan,” Marcy Reyes said, Chairman – CNHS Wellness Program.

The event ran from May 3 to 7 with different topics discussed by different speakers per day. Day 1: Coping in Time of Pandemic by Ms. Karleen D. Veloria, MaEd, RGC; Day 2: Staying Physically Active During the Coronavirus Pandemic by Ms. Ethel M. Villaflor; Day 3: Covid-19 and the New Normal: Hakbang sa Pag-iwas by Dr. Elsie Magbanua; Day 4: Dental Health Support in the Midst of the COVID-19 Pandemic by Mr. Ruel S. Arcon, DDM, LPT; and Day 5: Tamang Nutrisyon, Paghahanda at Pangangalaga para sa Kalusugan sa Panahon ng Pandemya by Mrs. Lilian R. Manipis.

“Mahalaga ang mga programang kagaya nito upang mapangalagaan ang ganap na pag lago ng mga bata lalo na ngayon na may pandemya,” according to Mr. Reyes. “Higit sa lahat, sa panahon natin bukod sa pisikal ay dapat healthy ang mag-aaral mentally at psychologically.

The online symposium broadcasted for 5 days on DepEd Tayo Cavite NHS-Cavite City Facebook page and earned more than a thousand views from the Active Maroons community.

“Sana ay nakatulong kahit papaano ang simpleng programang kagaya nito sa ating mga mag-aaral. Sana din ay magamit nila ito sa kanilang pang araw-araw na buhay,” Mr. Reyes added.