Healthy Living

TES promotes healthy, active lifestyle

 Tortugas Elementary School (TES)promotes a healthy and active lifestyle to  encourage its pupils to engage in more physical activities through parti-cipating in Milo Champ Moves every weekday during the flag ceremony.

Milo Champ Moves is a nationwide school-based program aimed at encouraging elementary children to live a healthy and active lifestyle through sports and physical fitness.

This program was launched by the Department of Education in cooperation with the Nestle Philippines  which aimed to build strong nation of champions and to inspire athletic excellence .

Furthermore,  this program was expected to reach out to more schools and students, enabling them to start living an active and healthy lifestyle especially the athletes.  


“An 80-percent decrease on dengue cases was recorded by the Department of Health (DOH) in Central Luzon from January to the first week of February this year compared to the same period last year.

Bulacan posted the highest number of cases during the period with 232; followed by Nueva Ecija with 153 cases; Tarlac with 100; Pampanga with 87; Bataan with 69; Aurora with eight; and Zambales with four. Pampanga and Nueva Ecija recorded one death each.

Jesse Fantone, regional epidemiologist of the Center for Health Development in Central Luzon said that although the outcome of the joint programs of the DOH and local governments along with the other private sectors is impressive, there is still a need to work hard to prevent dengue.

The DOH suggested that in order to lessen the cases of dengue in the country further, preventive measures should be undertaken.”

This news bit from the Business Mirror inspired Tortugas Elementary School to conduct a Dengue Prevention Orientation on July 24 - 25 for primary pupils and on September 8-9 for the intermediate pupils at the school’s Conference Room.

The orientation was initiated and facilitated by the caring and hardworking school principal, Mrs. Zenaida C. San Pedro.

She believes there’s really a need to have this kind of information dissemination especially during the rainy season to prevent the spread of dengue fever. Hence, she tackled and even showed pictures of dengue fever, its origin, its symptoms and prevention.

According to her lecture, dengue fever is an illness caused by the dengue virus which is spread by the Aedes mosquito. Unlike the common house mosquito,  Aedes mosquito has black & white stripes on its body and legs. It usually bites during the day. The Aedes mosquito lays its eggs in clean, stagnant water. A pool of water as small as a twenty cent coin is all that is needed for it to breed. Only the female mosquitoes feed on blood, as they need the blood protein to lay their eggs. In the life cycle of  Aedes mosquito, it takes about a week to complete the 4 stages consisting of the egg, larva and pupa stage. Each female Aedes mosquito is able to lay up to 300 eggs. Its life span is two to three weeks.

A person has dengue fever if he/she has a fever that does not go away even after a few days; He/ She may also experience headaches, muscle and joint pains, skin rash, and vomiting. Dengue fever and dengue haemorrhagic fever are the most common diseases spread by the Aedes mosquitoes. The mosquitoes can carry 4 different types of dengue viruses hence one can be infected with dengue fever more than once. If a person had dengue fever before and is infected again, he / she is more likely to develop the more deadly and serious dengue haemorrhagic fever.

Mosquitoes cannot transmit the dengue virus amongst themselves; they need to first bite a person who is already infected with the dengue virus. The infected mosquito will then carry the dengue virus and pass it onto a healthy person when it bites him/her and causing them to fall sick. The cycle then continues with the new victim.

Therefore, the most important thing to do is to stop the Aedes mosquito from breeding by removing all stagnant waters so that it can’t lay its eggs.

Mrs. San Pedro then emphasized the 10-minute mozzie wipe out exercise that you could work on to help get rid of stagnant water in and around your house. These are:

*      Change water in vases on alternate days.       

*      Remove water from flower-pot plates on alternate day.

*      Turn over all pails and water storage containers.

*      Tell your parents or any adults in your house to cover bamboo pole holders when they are not in use.

*      And tell your parents or any adults in your house to clear blockages and put BTI insecticide in roof gutters monthly.

*      Do not litter. Rubbish such as cups ad bottles can collect rain water and breed mosquitoes.

 As a last remark, she challenged the Grades II and III pupils that they too, can also help prevent dengue by telling people what they have learned today. They should tell their family, friends and neighbors why mosquito breeding is bad and how they can help stop it. 

Mass Deworming

                Noong ika-03 ng Setyembre ay inilunsad ang malawakang pagdeworm sa mga mag-aaral at mga guro ng Tortugas Elementary School. Ito ay sa pangunguna ng aming Midwife sa Health Center ng Tortugas na si Gng. Maggi. Kaagapay ni Gng. Maggi ang aming punong-guro na si Gng. Zenaida C. San Pedro at Gng. Jennifer N. Pajares sa pamamahagi ng mga tabletas para pagpupurga.

               Ngunit bago pa man sinimulan ang pagdeworm sa mga mag-aaral ay nagkarron ng isang maliit na programa. Ito ay pinasimulan sa isang mataimtim na panalangin na pinangunahan ni Gng. Allen Jane P. Macalinao, Kinder teacher. Sinundan naman ito ng isang mensahe mula sa aming punong-guro na si Gng. Zenaida C. San Pedro. At upang magbigay kaalaaman sa mga mag-aaral ukol sa halaga ng pagpupurga ay pinakilala ni Gng. Connie M. Andrade, Faculty President si Gng. Maggi. Sa kanyang pag-uumpisa ay binigyang diin niya ang kahalagahan ng pagpupurga at ano ba ang kabutihang dulot nito sa katawan ng bawat tao. At pagkatapos nito ay isinagawa na ang pamamahagi ng mga tabletas.

                Sa pagtatapos ay naging maayos naman na naisakatuparan ang nasabing deworming. Halos lahat ng mga mag-aaral sa TES ay nakiisa rito.

Story Telling: “Ayan na si Bolet Bulate”

            Noong nakaraang Setyembre ika-02 hanggang ikaapat ng Setyembre bago isakatuparan ang Mass Deworming sa aming paaralan ay nagkaroon muna ng isang pagkukuwento ang aming mahal na punong-guro tungkol sa isang batang mahilig maglaro ng walang sapin sa paa. Ito ay pinamagatang “Ayan na si Bolet Bulate”.

            Layunin ng pagkukuwentong ito na mabigyang impormasyon ang bawat mag-aaral at mabuksan ang kanilang mga isipan sa kahalagan ng pagpupurga sa bawat isa. Sa kuwentong ito mababatid nila ang maraming magagandang aral na matutuhan sa kuwento bukod sa kahalagahan ng pagpupurga. Matutuhan din nila kung paano ang sumunod sa kanilang mga magulang at ang kahalagahan ng malinis na pangangatawan sa isang bata.

            Pinasimulan ang story telling sa baitang I at II noong Setyembre 02, na sinundan naman ng baitang III-A at III-B noong Setyembre 03, 2013 at noong Setyembre 04 naman ay ang baitang IV at V. 


 Araw ng Lunes,ika-24 ng Hunyo,nagkaroon kami ngbisita galing sa City Health Office. Ang mga nars na sina Ate Michelle Cascasan at Ate Bambi Rhoda Sanchez ay dumalaw sa aming paaralan upang kunin ang mga timbang at taas ng mga batang mula sa kinder hanggang sa ika-anim na baitang. Ito ay ginagawa taunan,para malaman kung ang mga timbang at laking mga bata ay nagbabago. Ito ay proyektong City Health Office para mabatid kung ano ang problema ng mga bata tungkol sa kanilang kalusugan. Bilang tugon naman, nagkakaroon silang pagpaplano kung paano masusulusyunan ang mga ganitong problema. Ang pamunuan ng aming eskwelahan ay nagkakaroon ng feeding program para sa mga batang nakitaan ng kakulangan sa timbang  at laki. Hangad nila na ang bawat mag-aaral ay magkaroon ng maayos na pangangatawan para maging maayos ang kanilang pag-aaral. Nakatutuwang isipin nakatuwang kami ng mga magulang sa pagtugon para mabigyang pansin ang kanilang mga anak na kulang sa timbang at laki. Hangad din ng mga namumuno sa City Health Office na ang mga magulang mismo ay magkaroon ng sapat na panahon at kaalaman para sa pagtugon ng sapat na pagkain ng kanilang mga anak. 

Weighing and Deworming for TES Pupils 2012

In support of the health program of the Department of Education, weighing and deworming was conducted in Tortugas Elementary School by the Division Nurse Bambi Rhoda Sanchez on July 7, 2012.

Deworming tablet was given to the pupils with parental consent. This is to make sure that the pupils were fit to go through the process of deworming. Weighing was done from Kindergarten to Grade VI. The pupils with below normal weight will be included to the feeding program of the school.

These activities were done every six month to make sure that the pupils will be given help or proper nutrition.

The main objective of this activity is to improve attendance and performance among public school children.

Subsequently, the department concerns itself not only with the schoolchildren’s academic performance, but also with their physical condition and wellbeing since the department were cognizant of how their nutrition status directly affects their performance in school.

Proper Tooth Brushing Taught to TES Pupils 2012

Bright smile, bright future!

This was the slogan launched by the Department of Health some years back for the oral health awareness.  This is to encourage  school children to brush their teeth properly.

In this connection, last July 3, current  the City Government of Balanga in cooperation with the city health department gave a lecture on how to brush their teeth properly to our school children in Tortugas Elementary School.

The city dentist demonstrated step by step the proper brushing of one’s teeth.

City Health Officers Encourage TES Pupils to Wash their Hands Properly 2012

Prevention is better than cure ….. Clean Care is Safe Care ….. The key to health protection is hand washing…..


The need for proper hand washing is vital nowadays. According to UNICEF's latest report pneumonia and diarrhoea are the biggest killers of children globally, causing the deaths of approximately two million children every year. They strongly believed that diarrhoea and pneumonia be prevented through basic best practices, including frequent handwashing with soap at key occasions.


A  lot of diseases can be prevented through a proper hand washing with soap. So we are fortunate that the City Schools in Balanga with the collaboration of the City Government has a continuing program on the proper hand washing.

Last July 3, 2012, the City Health Department Employees visited Tortugas Elementary School to teach the school children on proper hand washing.

The City Health Department Employees demonstrated thoroughly the proper ways to wash hands.

*      Use warm running water and soap.

*      Wet hands first.

*      Use soap preferably anti-bacterial.

*      Lather well beyond wrist.

*      Work all surfaces thoroughly including wrists, palms, back of hands, fingers, and under fingernails - Rub hands together for at least 15-20 seconds.

*      Thoroughly rinse with clean water.  Be sure not to touch side of sink.

*      Dry hands completely use towel to turn off water and protect hands from resoiling.