EDITORIAL: Brigada Eskwela

May 26, 2014 at 7:50 am Leave a comment

If there’s one commendable program that is being implemented by the Department of Education (DepEd), it is the ” Brigada Eskwela” or the National Schools Maintenance Week. This activity is usually undertaken on the third week of each year in all public schools nationwide in time for enrolment and in preparation for the schools’ opening in June.northernwatch cartoon 5-25-14

Brigada Eskwela brings out the “bayanihan” spirit of the community people, teachers, students and volunteer government and non- government organizations and private companies . We see them repairing classrooms, desks and armchairs, painting school rooms and helping in the cleaning of the schools’ surroundings and their vicinities. The spirit of working together for a noble cause lifts the morale of those involved in the Brigada Eskwela, particularly the teachers and school administrators.

Started in 2003, Brigada Eskwela has helped in the improvement of schools in the country. We are aware that DepEd lacks funds for the maintenance of public schools and facilities nationwide and that through the Brigada Eskwela, the gaps in the funding of much needed schools’ maintenance are borne by volunteer private groups such as big companies and NGOs.
This school year’s Brigada Eskwela is implemented on May 19 to 24 with main focus on safety and disaster preparedness inside the school campuses. Under DepEd Memorandum Order No. 32, Series of 2014 dated May 14, Secretary Arminio Luistro directed all school administrators to ensure that all school campuses are safe and could meet at least the minimum requirements of disaster preparedness.

In some schools, fire and earthquake drills were conducted.
We laud all volunteers – individuals, civil society groups and NGOs who participated in this year’s Brigada Eskwela. The efforts, time and material contributions of these groups have greatly contributed to its success. Their participation in the Brigada Eskwela ensured that our public schools -both elementary and secondary – are conducive for learning, safe and fully prepared for disasters for our pupils, students and teachers as well.
However, we noticed that some schools lacked the information drive in encouraging the participation of the community people and NGOs. Letters of invitation were late so many NGOs that are willing to participate in the Brigada Eskwela were not able to make it. Next time, we request that massive information campaign on Brigada Eskwela be undertaken in communities and in coordination of village officials.

We have to sustain Brigada Eskwela in the coming years not only to elicit active participation of the community people, parents and NGOs, but a noble way to improve our schools, facilities, compounds and furniture with lesser costs to the government.

Brigada Eskwela was once again proven as an effective vehicle to awaken the community people’s ” bayanihan spirit.”

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