/ 22 November 2022

US SECOND Gentleman Douglas Emhoff, the spouse of US Vice President Kamala Harris, delivered hygiene kits and Covid19 supplies to a school in Caloocan City as part of the US’ support for the safe resumption of face-to-face classes in the country.

Emhoff personally delivered the boxes of donations to the Gregoria de Jesus Elementary school in Caloocan City on Monday.

Caloocan City Mayor Dale Gonzalo Malapitan received the supplies which included hygiene kits, N95 face masks, oximeters, forehead thermometers and tablets.

Emhoff said that it was good to see children back in schools.

“I know the last couple years have been very hard. It had been very hard for schools, it had been very hard for teachers and children and communities. I know schools have been virtual for over two years as the Philippines has fought so hard against this pandemic,” Emhoff said.

“It is so good to see children back here in schools and in the classrooms. I love it!” he added.

Aside from the hygiene kits, Emhoff announced that the US government, through the US Agency for International Development, will also donate an additional $5 million for vaccine rollout.

Meanwhile, Department of Health officer-in-charge Maria Rosario Vergeire expressed her gratitude to the US government for its support in the safe implementation of face-to-face classes.

“Our future lies in the brilliance of today’s children, which is why it is imperative that that same whole-of-society approach is maximized to transform our schools and communities into settings that make the healthy choice the easy choice for every Filipino child,” Vergeire said.