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Global Handwashing Day


Manila Water Foundation's Global Handwashing Day 2020

Join us on October 15 for the celebration of the #GlobalHandwashingDay2020 !

With the theme, #HandHygieneforAll , Manila Water Foundation joins all WASH advocates from all across the globe to raise awareness on proper handwashing with clean water and soap especially at this of the #COVID19 pandemic!

Head on to Manila Water Foundation's Facebook page on October 15 at 2:00pm to watch and participate during the LIVE EVENT hosted by radio DJ, Gino Quillamor! Hear from handwashing champions, learn the proper steps to handwashing and join the online contest for a chance to win hygiene packages from CLEENE! Anyone can participate!

Watch last year's event highlights as we countdown to October 15!


In 2019, Manila Water Foundation’s Global Handwashing Day campaign revolved around the theme “Clean Hands for All,” emphasizing that proper hygiene is for everyone’s right and that no one should be left behind. This year’s celebration was held in an urban community with parents and students, and in two Indigenous Peoples’ (IPs) communities with the impact of its events more felt than ever.

GHD in Sta. Ana, Manila

Parents play an important role in continuing the practice of proper handwashing from school to home. That is why, the Foundation invited both parents and students from urban and underserved communities for its main GHD celebration at Mariano Marcos Memorial High School (MMMHS) on October 15.

Main highlights of the program include the turnover of the 10-faucet hygiene facility, hygiene kit distribution from hygiene partner PHILUSA Corporation, ceremonial handwashing and pledge with participants, and handwashing lecture. In the afternoon, a medical mission from FamilyDOC, and storytelling about proper hygiene from Adarna House were held. To emphasize the importance of proper handwashing before food preparation, a cooking demonstration led by MMMHS teachers was also conducted. Simultaneously, select student participants were challenged to create a compelling artwork related to the theme of the celebration, “Clean Hands for All,” during a poster-making contest. Three winners arrived as winners of the said contest.

During her speech, Manila City Vice Mayor Honey Lacuna expressed support to the campaign. As a medical doctor, she emphasized the links between proper handwashing to good health and encouraged her fellow Manileños to practice the habit rigorously. Meanwhile, television personality and 2019 GHD ambassador Robi Domingo talked about the benefits of washing our hands aside from not acquiring germs. He also shared an inspirational message and call to-action about proper handwashing.

For kick-off and closing events, Manila Water Foundation conducted the celebrations in Aeta communities to emphasize that everyone should be included in this campaign and that no one is left behind.

GHD in Mabalacat City, Pampanga

Manila Water Foundation extended its celebration of GHD to its partner communities. On October 4, a kick-off event was held at Sitio Monicayo, an Aeta community in Mabalacat, where the community participated in the ceremonial handwashing, storytelling activity from Adarna House, hygiene kit distribution from Cleene, and medical mission with the Rural Health Unit - Region III of the Department of Health.

GHD in Porac, Pampanga

Manila Water Foundation capped off its Global Handwashing Day celebration at Sapang Uwak Elementary School (SUES) in Porac, Pampanga on October 29. Pupils of SUES and community members of Sapang Uwak eagerly participated in a storytelling activity, handwashing demo, and water conservation lecture, and happily received hygiene kits from Cleene.






Catering to different age groups of children and adults, the Foundation celebrated GHD in various institutions to expand its reach. Credible health and commercial institutions, government agencies and non-government organizations were tapped as strategic partners.

  • PHILUSA or Philusa
  • FamilyDOC
  • AyalaMalls Cinemas
  • Department of Health
  • Department of Education
  • City of Manila LGU
  • UNICEF Philippines
  • ABS-CBN Network
Sitio Monicayo  Mabalacat City, Pampanga
Mariano Marcos Memorial High School Sta. Ana, Manila
Barangay Sapang Uwak Porac, Pampanga
Kidzania Manila Taguig City
Mauaque Resettlement High Mabalacat, Pampanga
School Jose F. Diaz Stadium  San Mateo, Rizal
Don Jose National High School  Sta. Rosa, Laguna
Ayala Center Cebu
Abreeza Mall Davao
Mind Museum  Taguig City
Pulong Sta. Cruz Elementary School Sta. Rosa, Laguna
Northville 16 Elementary School Mabalacat, Pampanga
Pinyahan Elementary School Diliman, Quezon City
Barangay Ampid 1 San Mateo, Rizal
Enchanted Kingdom Santa Rosa, Laguna
Ati Community Boracay Island, Aklan
Market Market Taguig City
Lugam Elementary School Malolos, Bulacan
Mind Museum  Taguig City
Balara Elementary School Quezon City
Don Ricardo Britz Elementary School Tagum City, Davao del Norte
Abreeza Mall Davao City, Davao del Sur
D'Mall Boracay Island, Aklan
Don Bosco Technical College (Elementary School) Mandaluyong City
Quezon City Hall Quezon City
Marquee Mall Angeles, Pampanga
Mabalacat Elementary School Mabalacat, Pampanga
Solenad Santa Rosa, Laguna
Barangay Langkiwa Binan City, Laguna
Maximo Estrella Elementary School Makati City
Francisco Benitez Elementary School-Main Makati City
Nicanor Garcia Elementary School Makati City
Jose Magsaysay Elementary School Makati City
Sta. Cruz Elementary School Antipolo City, Rizal
UP Town Center Quezon City
Ayala Center Cebu Cebu
Market Market Taguig City
Rosario Ocampo Elementary School Taytay, Rizal
Glorietta Makati City
Department of Education Antipolo Antipolo City, Rizal
Department of Education Marikina Marikina City
Fortune Elementary School Marikina City
Malayan College Laguna Cabuyao, Laguna
Barangay Loyola Heights Quezon City


The GHD campaign was able to reach 9,940,048 individuals and was able to gather 1,203 onsite attendees.

By maximizing its traditional and new media platforms, MWF was able to promote its core advocacy program of proper handwashing. It engaged with the media through press releases and guestings, marketed through infomercials in cinemas, and utilized digital and traditional bulletin boards along major highways, as well as posters and other IEC (information, education and communication) materials. The onsite celebration was shown also live on a morning show on People’s Television (PTV), and was also featured on ABS-CBN network’s health magazine show, Salamat Dok.

Global Handwashing Day 2019 Onsite Events






04 October 2019

Sitio Monicayo 

Mabalacat City, Pampanga

376 attendees 

15 October 2019 

Mariano Marcos Memorial High School 

Sta. Ana, Manila

707 attendees

29 October 2019 

Barangay Sapang Uwak 

Porac, Pampanga 

120 attendees 





1,203 attendees





Global Handwashing Day 2019 Campaign Reach









MMDA Billboard




Ayala Cinemas






Online Media Pickups


Print Media Pickups