Cleanup drive launched in Ifugao public schools
by Vency D. Bulayungan
Lagawe, Ifugao (29 May) -- The Department of Education (DepEd) here is hoping to save millions of pesos in maintenance costs with the successful launching of Brigada Eskwela, a yearly campaign to prepare the province's more than 250 public schools for the opening of classes on June 15.
Assistant Schools Division Superintendent Felipe Ballitoc said community and private sector participation for this year's Brigada Eskwela Plus launched recently here is a big help to the Education Department because the program saved millions in maintenance, operating and other expenses (MOOE).
This also spares students from missing a week of classes cleaning classrooms and school surroundings at the start of classes, he added.
Ballitoc said the Brigada Eskwela from May 24-28, 2010 aims to achieve larger and more significant goals such as year round cleaning. It was part of Oplan Balik Eskwela, a series of preparations of public schools for the school opening next month.
Under Brigada, members of the private sector and school communities volunteer to repair broken chairs and tables, repaint walls, do masonry work and make schools green by planting. They can also give non-cash donations, such as construction and cleaning materials.
"The stakeholders such as civic and non-government organizations, corporations and private individuals will also contribute in increasing the participation rate, reducing the drop out rate and helping improve the academic performance in the public schools," Ballitoc said.
Ballitoc said that in line with this program, participating private sector companies, government and non-government agencies included Coca Cola Co. which financed the construction of an elementary school in the municipality of Alfonso Lista here.
"This is a perfect venue for them to get involved in the affairs of our public schools and help the DepEd give our public school students an environment that is more conducive for learning," he noted
Ballitoc also said that Brigada Eskwela "has come a long way" since 2003 when the DepEd posted a nationwide savings of P4 million due to the campaign. (PIA-Ifugao) [top]