Camp Evangelista, Cagayan de Oro City, – Units under the army’s 4th Infantry “Diamond” Division showed its full support and commitment to the annual conduct of Brigada Eskwela 2019 to the Department of Education (DepEd) National Schools Maintenance Week which kicked-off on May 20 with the theme: “Matatag Na Bayan Para sa Maunlad Na Paaralan.”
Armed with carpentry and painting tools as well as cleaning paraphernalia, thousands of soldiers will participate in the six-day Brigada Eskwela in the different schools of Regions 10 and Caraga which aims to bring together the community to help prepare public school facilities for the upcoming opening of classes next month.
Anthony Y. Pacaman, principal of Opol National Secondary Technical School in Cagayan de Oro City expressed his gratitude for the assistance of the diamond troopers. "The manpower provided by 4ID is of great help to us especially in ensuring the students will have clean and ready classrooms by June," Pacaman added.
A month prior, units under 4ID received several invitations from different schools requesting soldier's time, effort, expertise and resources in the annual conduct of Brigada Eskwela in order to ensure that the school campus will be safe for all the students.
Dr. Demosthenes Quinal, DepEd Bislig City Division chief, on the other hand, said “I am grateful to all who responded to our request and to all those who are here to participate in the kick-off program for Brigada Eskwela. What parents want for their children is quality education and a good future. With this, Brigada Eskwela aims to provide facilities conducive to learning and we can only give this to our children if we work hand-in-hand to repair what has been damaged, to maintain the cleanliness of the school premises and to show them the importance of camaraderie amongst us.”
MGen Franco Nemesio M Gacal, 4ID commander said the army, as part of the community, would do its best in order to give our students a better school and a better environment where they can learn and have a bright future.
Gacal emphasized, "We recognize the need of our schools because we know that it takes a community to raise a child. Through convergence efforts, we can do more, this is also about a whole-of-nation approach in reducing the burdens of our teachers by sharing our efforts to render voluntary services. We are honored to take part in this endeavor in building a much better learning environment for our children.”
"The army serves as role models for our young generation so that they will realize the value of camaraderie and working together in a community. I encourage everyone to actively support DepEd’s program to ensure that our children will have safe, clean, healthy and ready classrooms,” MGen Gacal added.
Brigada Eskwela is an annual joint undertaking of concerned government agencies and stakeholders nationwide.
In the spirit of Bayanihan, various groups and organizations including the Philippine Army, Philippine National Police (PNP), Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI0, Parent Teacher Association (PTA) and other stakeholders converge in making this year's Brigada Eskwela successful and ensure that the schools will remain child-friendly and conducive to learning. (4ID)
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