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PIA Press Release
2006/10/17

DepEd IX saves P100-M from "Brigada Eskwela"

Zamboanga City (17 October) -- The Department of Education (DepEd) may not be income-generating agency like the Bureau of Internal Revenue, Land Transportation Office or Bureau of Customs, but DepEd has accomplished what these agencies did: a huge amount of savings that will greatly help the National Government.

The DepED Zamboanga Peninsula region is proud to announce that it saved almost a hundred million pesos in this year's staging of "Brigada Eskwela" in the region.

DepEd IX Regional Director Jesus L. Nieves described "Brigada Eskwela" as a joint voluntary action among community parents under the leadership of school principals and teachers in doing minor repairs of public elementary and secondary school buildings and facilities before the start of a school year for the safe opening of classes.

Nieves said a consolidated report submitted to his office by DepEd Regional Coordinator for "Brigada Eskwela" Supervisor Lilia Atiolla revealed that the savings from the National Schools Maintenance Week or "Brigada Eskwela tipped P95, 923, 441.56 which represented the estimated cost of volunteer labor from parent participants and approximate value of donated construction materials like lumber, sand and gravel, cement, paint, plywood, nails, GI sheets, wire, bamboos and others.

A total of 229, 413 community parents joined the week-long activity conducted throughout the region by all public schools with Zamboanga del Norte under Superintendent Sharif Adzhar Sarahadil posting the highest savings with over P50 million and a total volunteer of 85, 540.

Nieves expressed his gratitude to all community members, LGUs, civic groups, and stakeholders who supported "Brigada" staging in the Muslim-Christian region. (PIA ZC) [top]

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