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Church, police, soldiers join Brigada Eskwela Plus in Samar

By Ninfa B Quirante

Cabalogan City (25 May) -- As Samar Division kicks off its Brigada Eskwel a plus, a multi-sectoral team joined in its volunteer efforts to prepare the schools this school year 2010-2011.

Mr. Oswaldo Serrano, Brigada Eskwela Coordinator in Samar DepEd, told radio anchorman Rommel Rutor of Aksyon radio DYMS in an interview, that even Msgr. Francisco Cinco, some government soldiers and some elements of the Philippine National Police (PNP) along with the parents, teachers and some DeEd officials converged in Clarencio Calagos Memorial School for Samar's Brigada Eskwela plus kick off.

The Philippine Business for Social Progress (PBSP) an NGO reportedly announced its support for schools located in Tarangnan town, Catbalogan City barangays and other areas in Samar. PBSP has an office found in Barangay Mahayag, Catbalogan City.

Government soldiers assisted the teachers in repairing fences, chairs and declogging of drainage.

Mr Bernardo Adina, Assistant Schools Division Superintendent also informed that Samar's schools like Valeriano C. Yangcha Memorial Agricultural School (VCYMAS) have been on top in the nationwide selection of the Best Brigada Eskwela team.

"This is the second year that VCYMAS is on top, it is aiming now for the 'Hall of Fame' award," said Serrano.

Following closely is Clarencio Calagos who has raked in the most number of volunteers as exhibited by its multi-sectoral volunteers in the kick off ceremony, yesterday according to Serrano.

"Some businessmen, civic organizations also donate personal computers, books and even audio visual materials," stresses Serrano.

Adina, meanwhile hailed the assistance of Catbalogan City Mayor Coefredo 'Tekwa' Uy who he said in the past has donated P500,000.00 for the Samar DepEd division.

They miss the mayor though this time, but Adina is hopeful that as the week wears on, more 'donors' will troop back to the schools to offer assistance in cash or in kind for the educational needs of the students.

In his parting words, Adina urged the parents to send their children to school and thus increase Samar division participation rate which he places at 80% only. (PIA-Samar) [top]

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