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PIA Press Release
2010/05/29

Smart leads Brigada Eskwela at BCNHS-Loakan annex

by Redjie Cawis

Baguio City (29 May) -- Smart Communications has partnered with the Baguio City National High School - Loakan Annex for the annual the Brigada Eskwela program of the Department of Education.

Brigada Eskwela is an annual clean up drive led by Dep Ed aimed at preparing public schools for the opening of classes.

According to Smart Public Relations Officer Grace S. Clavecilla, the telecommunication company has been supporting this program for the past six years now. This year we are upping the ante by encouraging our employees nationwide to really get involved, she informed.

Unlike the previous year when Smart only donated cleaning materials, this year we will be mobilizing our employees from Ilocos to Zamboanga to get their feet wet and participate in the actual clean up of at least one public school in every region, Clavecilla added.

At the BCNHS - Loakan Annex, Smart employees were joined by the Parents-Teachers-Community Association, non-government organizations and enlisted Air force personnel in cleaning classrooms, sweeping floors, wiping windows, repairing and painting tables, chairs, walls and classrooms and gardening.

The company even adopted a wall that they cleaned and painted that will remind them of their contribution to the school.

Clavecilla said that SMART selected the schools where its employee-volunteers were deployed based on existing tie-ups.

The company already has 270 partner schools because of its Smart Schools Program (SSP), a community service initiative to uplift the quality and standard of education in public elementary and high schools. In addition, it also has beneficiary schools under Read-to-be-Smart, which aims to upgrade the reading skills of students in underprivileged public elementary schools.

Aside from SSP and Read-to-be-Smart, the Kabalikat sa Edukasyon initiatives include Smart Wireless Engineering Education Program (SWEEP), an industry-academe partnership program that helps raise the level of technology and engineering education in the country; and Application Developers' Intro School (ADIS), which is designed to increase IT students' employability by bridging the gap between their skills set and industry requirements. (PIA) [top]

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