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Is Your “Pwede Na” Attitude Putting the Lives of Your Loved Ones at Risk?

A recent 2020 Philippines Handwashing Habits Survey* revealed that 99% of Filipinos washed their hands more in the last 6 months, but only 50% do the proper steps for a safe wash.  Despite numerous campaigns from health authorities like the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Department of Health (DOH), some Filipinos continue to fall into the pits of the “puwede na” attitude even when it comes to handwashing.

The study identified that “washing quickly with soap and water” is the commonly observed practice among other people, and that 50% are guilty of unsafe handwashing habits like washing without soap, washing for less than 20 seconds, or even just using tissue.

In the health guidelines released by the DOH, safe handwashing is regarded as the first line of defense to prevent the spread of germs and viruses. #SafeWash includes the use of soap and running water and hand scrubbing with an adequate period of at least 20 seconds. 

While these public health advisories remain to be rampant, the survey has uncovered that Filipinos’ bad hand hygiene habits die hard.

Filipinos Are Guilty of These Common Handwashing Mistakes Without Realizing It

These incidents of unsafe handwashing are said to be commonly observed at home with 40% of the respondents having at least seen someone they know practice improper handwashing.

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The real problem with unsafe handwashing is that this habit is deep-rooted in every Filipino. At one point everyone is guilty of committing these poor practices: the quick washing of hands, spraying a small amount of water to the hands, mere wiping or rubbing of hands, and the use of tissue paper to clean hands.

Several types of research have shown that handwashing habit is inherent in nature. It develops in the early life stages and becomes a habitual behavior as one age, and this poses the risk that when one grows up with poor hand hygiene habits, it can be ingrained for a lifetime without realizing it.

Cross-contamination is the main consequence when people do not exercise a safe wash. Respiratory illnesses like the common cold and influenza, and nosocomial infections like E.coli and MRSA are caused by the spreading of germs and bacteria on the hands.

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This lack of knowledge on safe wash practices was validated in the survey with an alarming number of less than 5% of the respondents who do not realize the key times when to wash hands. This includes — before eating, after coming from outside the house, after using the toilet, after eating, and after shaking someone’s hands, as only the first two key times were regarded as important by the respondents. 

*The PH Handwashing Habits Survey was conducted by Brandworks Market Intelligence and Consulting with a sample size of 240 Filipino men and women, aged 18 to 50, based in Metro Manila from SEC ABCD. The study was a series of face-to-face interviews within the period of September 4 – 7, 2020. 

DOH Promotes Proper Safe Wash Habits

The Department of Health (DOH) launched in August its nationwide information campaign with easy-to-remember BIDA Solusyon guidelines that urge Filipinos to partake in behavioral changes to reduce the transmission of the virus. The guidelines include wearing masks, hand sanitation, social distancing, and obtaining correct information about the pandemic.

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In its communications, the DOH highlights the importance of safe handwashing habits outlining the following steps: First, wet hands with clean, running water and apply soap. Lather the hands and rub them together with soap by cleaning thoroughly from the back of the hands, the palm, between the fingers, under the nails. Scrub the hands for at least 20 seconds and not less. Then rinse the hands under clean and running water and finally dry the hands using a clean towel.

This adequate habit of a safe wash is proven to destroy the structure of the virus, thus, greatly minimizing the chances of contracting and transmitting the virus. 

Safe handwashing, along with the wearing of mask and practice of social distancing, is the first line of defense against germs and viruses. Today, the duty lies in the hands of every Filipino to teach and learn the value of a safe wash that starts at home, and not fall into the traps of the “pwede na” mentality. 

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9 Comments

  1. Marites Gatchalian Co says:

    Yes tama ka jan mamu hindi pwedeng pwede na yan dapat i sure natin ang kalinisan ng ating pamilya para sa kaligtasan ng lahat 😊

  2. Lyka Mitra says:

    Madalas po talaga sa mga pilipino ang masabing pwede na yan basta okay na pero hindi po nila alam na mas mapapahamak po sila katulad na lang po sa paghuhugas ng kamay.. 🖒 karamihan po sa atin na nabasa na ang kamay eh okay na yun kaya madalas sila po ang unang nagkakasakit dahil dito. Kaya maganda po itong campaign na ito na naglalayong baguhin ang mentality ng mga pilipino pagdating sa tamang paghuhugas ng kamay. 🖒

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  4. Bessie Ramos says:

    Dapat talaga gngawa ntn ang proper handwashing para makaiwas sa mga bacteria at virus at tlagang trusted brand pagdating sa kalinisan ang safeguard yan din gamit nmen

  5. Roxanne Aricaya says:

    Di talaga sakin pwede yang “pwede na” attitude.. kasi super strict talaga ako sa anak ko when it comes to handwashing.. gusto ko masiguro na safe sya as always..kaya trusted brand talaga namin ang safeguard.. kinakantahan ko pa anak ko ng happy birthday 2x while washing his hands para masiguro na germ free na talaga ang kamay nya especially before eating and after playing.

  6. Antoniette Sanchez David says:

    Yes mamu need talaga natin turuan ng hygiene ang mga anak natin upang para pag lumaki makasanayan at maturo din nila ito sa ibang tao

  7. naku kapag kaligtasan na ng pamilya hindi pwede ang “PWEDE NA” napaka hirap isa palaran ang kalusugan ng bawat isa kaya kung kalinisan at kalusugan tiwala kami sa SAFEGUARD hindi man 100% germ pero, alam kong kayang kaya at protektado ng SAFEGUARD ang pamilya ko

  8. sosingerica says:

    Sobrang importante po tlaga ang proper handwashing may pandemic man po o wala we need to practice the proper hand washing Para makaiwas po tayo sa mga germs at bacteria Lalo na po na ang ating kamay ay Kung saan San natin Hina hawak or madami tayong hinahawakan. So sad, that most of us especially yun mga not well educated people binabalewala nila Yun handwashing. Madalas nila sabihin “okay na eto”, “pwede na”. Dapat tlaga na Alam po natin sa panahon ngayon Yun safe handwashing with soap and running water. Eto po kasi ang lage paalala sa atin ng DOH together with always wearing facemask and faceshield and social distancing Para avoid spreading the virus.😊

  9. Sara Llamas says:

    I have this “pwede na” attitude.and I’m very guilty sobra tamad or bilis ko maghugas ng kamay. As in seconds lang.Thanks for this reminder.
    My family is a Safeguard user noon at hanggang ngayon. NO. 1 TRUSTED BRAND IN PH that kills 99.9 % germs.

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