UNICEF, Department of Education (DepEd) and GMA Kapuso Foundation will launch the Linis-Lusog Kids (LLK) project on Wednesday in Ayungon Central School.

Jenifer Tilos, chairperson of the Provincial Communication Task Force of the Unicef' 6th Countrywide Program for Children (CPC-6) in Negros Oriental, told Sun.Star that Linis-Lusog Kids project (LLK) will address basic health issues found in children that stem from lack of clean water and no toilets.

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Tilos also said that under this project, more than 126,654 school children in 476 elementary schools in Negros Oriental are targeted to improve their hygiene, sanitation practices, and academic performance.

DepEd Secretary Armin Luistro together with Unicef Country Representative Vanessa Tobin and GMA Kapuso Foundation executive vice president Mel Tiangco will lead the ceremonial turn-over of the LLK project, said Tilos.

"Children from different underserved public schools in the country are taught proper hygiene practices and are given access to clean water and adequate sanitation facilities,” Tilos said.

The school children will also receive hygiene kits with soaps, toothbrushes, and polypaste fluoride.

Meanwhile, Schools Division Superintendent Milagros Velez of DepEd Negros Oriental said a demonstration of the use of handwashing facilities will be conducted after the program.

Health packages, water, and sanitation hygiene facilities such as comfort rooms will be turned over to five elementary schools in the province: Apo Elementary School in Dauin; Banawe Elementary School in Pamplona; Kayotesan Manjuod; Ayungon Central School; and Bagtic Elementary School in La Libertad. (Victor L. Camion)