MORE than 700 pupils of Cepoc Central Elementary School in Barangay Tinaan, Naga City learned the proper way of brushing their teeth after each received a new set of dental kit last month.
This happened when Apo Cement Corp. (ACC) brought to the city its “Isang Milyong Sipilyo (One Million Toothbrushes)” drive.
ACC and Apo Land and Quarry Corp., in collaboration with the Naga City Dental Office, further distributed hundreds of dental kits in other schools.
The group also taught 600 pupils at the South Poblacion Extension School and Naga City Special Education (Sped) Center the importance of dental hygiene and overall wellness.
Apo’s “Isang Milyong Sipilyo” is an annual program that started in 1994 to celebrate the National Dental Health Month, which is observed every February.
Cemex-affiliated companies also visited elementary schools in their respective host communities to promote dental health among children.
Some 6,500 dental kits have been prepared for distribution this year, according to Erlinda Lizardo, community relations manager of the company.
Tinaan Barangay Captain Teodoro Cantal Jr., Cepoc principal Antonio Rimas and school teachers joined the ACC team members, who taught and demonstrated to the children how to brush their teeth last Feb. 15.
In his message, Cantal underscored the value of the help that Apo provided for the community.
“The students must be thankful for it,” he said.
Rimas also thanked Apo and the city dental office led by Dr. Ethel Uy for visiting the school every year, educating the students on proper dental hygiene.
Upon Uy’s request, Apo added the extension school and the Sped Center in the list of beneficiaries for the “Isang Milyong Sipilyo” 2019 campaign.