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DepEd readies launch of Brigada Eskwela Plus

Manila (19 May) -- The Department of Education (DepEd) Division of Iloilo City is now preparing for the launching of its Brigada Eskwela Plus to encourage stakeholders to get involved in the maintenance of public schools not only for the June 14 opening of classes but throughout the year.

City Division Assistant Superintendent Angelita Ragudo said they are now finalizing the activities in line with the project launch on May 24, the first day of the week-long activity. She said the Montes I Elementary School in Zamora Street was chosen as the venue of the launching activities in this city this year. The launching activity will be supported by the regional office of the DepEd in Western visayas.

Brigada Eskwela Plus brings in together teachers, parents, student volunteers, communities and other stakeholders such as the local government units, government agencies, non-government organizations, people's organizations and business organizations to do repair, rehabilitation and other maintenance works in public schools, according to Ragudo.

Launched in 2003 as a flagship project of the Adopt-a-School Program, Ragudo said, through Brigada Eskwela the private sectors become more aware of their responsibilities towards the education of the young people in the public schools.

"We really feel the support of our private sectors in the education of our children through the program. Business and people's organizations now coordinate with our office to donate school buildings, reading materials and some even offered trainings for our teachers," said Ragudo.

She said the school officials and teachers of the 63 public elementary and secondary schools in the city are actively participating in the Brigada Eskwela since its launch. In fact, the Nabitasan Elementary School in Lapaz District is set to receive its "Best Brigada Eskwela Implementer" award on June 24 in Tacloban City. NES won the award for three consecutive years earning them the Hall of Fame Awardee, this year.

Aside from the launching, Ragudo said they are also undertaking other advocacy activities to generate further awareness, enthusiasm and support from other stakeholders and partners for Brigada Eskwela Plus this year. (PIA) [top]

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