Cromwell Bacareza

Cromwell Bacareza

WaSH in Schools Program at UNICEF Philippines

Program Development

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Cromwell Bacareza's Overview

  • WaSH in Schools Program at UNICEF
  • National Co-chairman at Global Handwashing Day Alliance
  • Country Coordinator: Philippines at Private Public Partnership for Handwashing (PPPHW)
  • Director of Operations at Fit for School
  • Technical Consultant at GIZ/Regional School Health Program
  • Program Coordinator at GIZ (Deutsche GesellschaftfürTechnischeZusammenarbeit GmbH)
  • Political Affairs Officer / Consultant at Senate of the Republic of the Philippines

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Cromwell Bacareza's Summary

Results-oriented and pragmatic development executive with over 5 years experience in the non-profit world. Experienced in public-private partnerships with strong networking and capacity building skills. Expertise in national coordination with multi-sectoral stakeholders. Direct field experience at grassroots level as well as local policy and national legislation.

Cromwell Bacareza's Experience

WaSH in Schools Program


Nonprofit; 10,001+ employees; Nonprofit Organization Management industry

June 2013Present (1 year 4 months)

Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Program for ALL Children

National Co-chairman

Global Handwashing Day Alliance

August 2012Present (2 years 2 months)

An alliance with members from private and public sectors advocating for a sustainable handwashing program in all schools.

Country Coordinator: Philippines

Private Public Partnership for Handwashing (PPPHW)

October 2008Present (6 years)

Facilitated the release of Senate resolution No. 627 and House Resolution (Congress) No. 1436. A resolution encouraging concerned National Government Agencies to participate in Global Handwashing Day.

Director of Operations

Fit for School

Nonprofit; 11-50 employees; Nonprofit Organization Management industry

February 2008June 2013 (5 years 5 months) 2nd Floor, Satur Bldg., 12-30 Streets, Nazareth, Cagayan de Oro City, 9000

Work closely with the health and education sectors in their efforts to achieve child-related Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by promoting the simple, cost-effective Essential Health Care Program (EHCP) and Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) in public elementary schools and day care centers.

Support the institutionalization process of effective school health programs in both sectors. Has conducted capacity building seminars, developed monitoring systems; established standard procedures; and created training modules and materials to address sustainability issues.

Technical Consultant

GIZ/Regional School Health Program

July 2011May 2013 (1 year 11 months) Philippines, Laos, Cambodia and Indonesia

Supports the country program managers introduction of FIT approach in their respective countries especially on the capacity building; monitoring and evaluation and learning exchange activities.

Program Coordinator

GIZ (Deutsche GesellschaftfürTechnischeZusammenarbeit GmbH)

February 2008July 2011 (3 years 6 months) Philippines

An international cooperation enterprise for sustainable development with worldwide operations.

Projects involved:
Poverty Reduction and Conflict Transformation (PRCT)
Technical Assistance to Health (Health)
Conflict Sensitive Resource Management (COSERAM)

• Supported the institutionalization processes between health and education reforms by having LGU’s include preventive health programs in their respective provincial budgets. Support the formation of health policies within DepEd and the Local Government.

• Actively involved in the monitoring and assessment of Basic Education Reform Agenda (BESRA). Joined World Bank, AusAid and other donor organizations in review missions to improve educational system in the Philippines.

• Support the implementation of school based health programs in conflict stricken areas. Highlighting that health and education are key factors in achieving poverty reduction and peace development.

Political Affairs Officer / Consultant

Senate of the Republic of the Philippines

July 2004December 2010 (6 years 6 months)

Supported Senator Richard Gordon with political affairs.

Provided consultancy on the Senate Bill 2402, an Act creating the Health and Education Acceleration Program (HEAP) wherein to improve the country’s education and health care systems. Its goal is to wipe out backlogs in school infrastructures, enhance the country’s public education system, improve the health and welfare of students, and increase remuneration of public school teachers.

Cromwell Bacareza's Organizations

  • Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council


  • Philippine ECOSAN network

Cromwell Bacareza's Languages

  • English

  • Filipino

  • Cebuano

Cromwell Bacareza's Projects

  • Essential Health Care Package

    • February 2008 to February 2009

    Public Health Program tailored for Health Promotion and Development of Healthy Children in the Public School Settings

  • Global Handwashing Day

    • October 2008 to Present
    Team Members: Cromwell Bacareza

    The Global Public-Private Partnership for Handwashing with Soap (PPPHW) is a coalition of international stakeholders whose focus is handwashing and child health.

    Established in 2001, the partnership aims to give families, schools, and communities in developing countries the power to prevent diarrhea and respiratory infections by supporting the universal promotion and practice of proper handwashing with soap at critical times.

    Various global and national organizations are committed to promoting handwashing with soap on a large scale:

    Global Handwashing Day celebrated with former Department of Education Secretary, Sec. Jeslie Lapus. 2008

    Release of Senate and House resolution for Global Handwashing Day. 2009

    MOU signing with the Department of Social Welfare and Development, Department of Health, Department of Education together with the League of Cities, League of Provinces and various NGOs. 2010

    Promoted handwashing and play. National Advocacy campaign with Philippine AZKALS. Memorandum of Agreement signed in Cebu province. 2011.

    1st ever Global Handwashing Day Alliance comprising members from private sector, government and NGOs to wrk together to bring hygiene interventions in school. Release of the national advocacy video featuring the secretaries of Department of Health, Department of Social Welfare and Department of Education. 2012

  • Typhoon Sendong Emergency Relief Operations

    • December 2011 to June 2012
    Team Members: Cromwell Bacareza

    Spearheaded relief operations for typhoon victims(Internationally know as TS: Washi)

    Supported the Education and WASH clusters in providing psychosocial interventions as well as providing water, sanitation and hygiene interventions in affected areas.

  • Essential Health Care Program for the Children in ARMM

    • July 2011 to Present
    Team Members: Cromwell Bacareza

    Introducing the Essential Health Care Program for the Children of Autonomous Region in Muslim mindanao in partnership with the Department of Education and the Local Government Units. Supported by GIZ and AUSAID.

  • Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Research

    • January 2012 to Present
    Team Members: Cromwell Bacareza

    Piloting sustainable sanitation solutions in resource poor settings. Developing simple, cost effective and child friendly toilets for public schools. Supported by UNICEF and GIZ

  • Essential Health Care Program for Philippines

    • March 2009 to Present
    Team Members: Cromwell Bacareza

    Supporting the Department of Education and the Local Government Units in institutionalizing the Essential Health Care Program in 36 Provinces, 72 Divisions, 26 Cities (5 highly-urbanized cities & 21 component cities). Supported by GIZ and UNICEF.

Cromwell Bacareza's Skills & Expertise

  1. International Development
  2. Capacity Building
  3. NGOs
  4. Sustainable Development
  5. Managing Events
  6. Government Liason
  7. Ownership
  8. Social Entrepreneurship
  9. Start-ups
  10. Health Advocacy
  11. School Health
  12. Water, Sanitation, Hygiene, Education and Deworming
  13. School Led Total Sanitation
  14. Inter-sectoral collaboration
  15. Program Development
  16. Program Management
  17. Training
  18. Project Planning
  19. Government
  20. Public Health
  21. Nonprofits

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Cromwell Bacareza's Education

Liceo de Cagayan University

Master of Arts (MA) in Environmental Planning and Management


Emory University

Water, Sanitation and Hygiene in Schools


WASH in Schools e-certificate course run in collaboration with Emory University and UNICEF Headquarters. The course is comprised of 13 Modules including the ff:

Planning a school WASH program
Government engagement
Developing a bottleneck analysis
Behavior change
Children as change agents / SLTS
Monitoring and evaluation
Equity of WASH in schools
Wash in Schools in Emergency / Case study presentations

Ateneo School of Medicine and Public Health

Health Management: Improving Decentralized Health Services


The course is designed for health managers working in decentralised public health systems, in health services and structures with enlarged responsibilities or in health management training institutions, in order to strengthen their leadership capacity and to enable them to organize and carry out appropriate training in health management for their health personnel.

Activities and Societies: InWent Alumni Global Connect

De La Salle University

Industrial Management Engineering


Xavier University Ateneo de Cagayan

Masters in Business Administration

On going

Cromwell Bacareza's Additional Information


Network generation, start-ups, volunteering, travel, experiencing other culture, music, beach

Groups and Associations:

International Order of DeMOLAY, Iligan Jaycees, Philippine Red Cross Volunteer

Honors and Awards:

GIZ: Global Connect (InWent) Outstanding Alumni, Leadership Gallery, 2010

Cebu Pacific Smile Magazine, Cause and Effect: 6 Filipinos making good things happen, 2009

Outstanding Private Partner:
Department of Education, Western Visayas, 2011

Citation for the leadership and support during relief operations during Typhoon Sendong, Given by Sec. of the Department of Education, Bro. Armin Luistro, 2012

AMS (Aspire. Motivate. Succeed) Daily, 2012

Resource Person, School Health Program in Asia sponsored by GIZ/SEAMEO, 2012

Resource Person, Learning Exchange Program sponsored by GIZ/UNICEF, 2012

Resource Person, Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council Global Forum sponsored by WSSCC, Mumbai, India, 2011

Delegate, High-Level Meeting on Non-Communicable Diseases sponsored by Department of Health, New York City, USA 2011

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