Brigada Eskwela Plus launched in Cagayan Valley
by Thelma C. Bicarme
Tuguegarao City (27 May) -- In preparation for the coming school year, the Department of Education (DepEd) 2 has spearheaded the conduct of the annual Brigada Eskwela campaign from May 24 up to first week of June this year.
According to Education Supervisor and Brigada Eskwela Regional coordinator, Clarita Lunas, the five-day Brigada Eskwela kicked off at the Libag Elementary School here. A motorcade participated by DepEd officials from the eight divisions of Region 2, PTCA's, businessmen and other stakeholders was also conducted.
Lunas explained that during the five-day Brigada Eskwela, thousands of volunteers are expected to contribute their resources and services such as carpentry, electrical and electronics, landscaping and gardening to prepare the schools for the start of classes in June 15.
The activity will be extended up to the first week of June to finish all the repairs and landscaping activities in the schools, Lunas also said.
Lunas said all principals and school heads have organized the Brigada Eskwela activity in their respective schools with their Parent-Teacher Community Associations (PTCAs) wherein some parent volunteers and businessmen were approached for donations.
The Brigada Eskwela regional coordinator, added that the public schools have benefited from Brigada Eskwela in terms of Maintenance and Other Operating Expenses (MOOE).
In 2007, DepEd 2 was able to save P84 million; 2008, P96 million and in 2009, P96 million. Lunas has expressed optimism that more schools will participate and generate more community MOOE since the Brigada Eskwela was already institutionalized.
The regional coordinator likewise said that aside from the material and financial benefits generated from the activity, the school officials were also able to establish a closer relationship with the community.
Brigada Eskwela or the National Schools maintenance week is an annual event which promotes volunteerism and the Bayanihan Spirit among the community. (PIA 2) [top]