No power outage could stop the teachers, families, community stakeholders and the local government of Iligan City that are all set and armed with cleaning tools, as they work hand-in-hand for the Department of Education’s (DepEd) Brigada Eskwela 2019 at Ubaldo D Laya Memorial Central School igniting the spirit of ‘Bayanihan’ and volunteerism.
Dubbed as “Matatag na Bayan Para sa Maunlad na Paaralan” is the theme for DepEd Iligan, a reminder for the community and its stakeholders that their support, collaboration and cooperation to a school would greatly affect the quality of education to its learners.
Human Resource Training and Development Chief, Dr. Raymond S. Antolo of DepEd Region 10 said that in the past, learners used to clean their classroom first on the opening of classes but DepEd no longer practiced this, rather a ‘Brigada Eskwela’ gets in, an activity that ensures classes will start immediately on the first day, which is on June 3 this year.
DepEd Division of Iligan City teamed up with the Iligan City Association of Private Elementary and High School (ICAPESS), Boy Scouts of the Philippines (BSP), Unilab and some other private establishments and individuals to provide a ‘comfortably prepared’ learning environment for the first day of school year 2019-2020.
ICAPESS President, Jay A. Velez of La Salle Academy Iligan City said, “This partnership of the private and public schools of the city has been on-going for more than two years so that we (ICAPESS members) could help improve the public school system.”
We give our support to the public schools by sending our teachers for the clean-up drive, giving donations like text books and other school materials, Velez added.
Aside from classroom and school ground clean-ups, stakeholders also give free school supplies, medicines and vitamins.
Owner of a local hair salon and make-up studio, Vannie Luage, together with other members of the Hair of Goal Foundation, extended service like free haircutting to the parents and children of the community.
Luage expressed that this is the time that we could give back to the community and the school.
“With my team, we will give free hair grooming and hair care lectures for the whole week of Brigada Eskwela 2019. This is our joy to help the community,” he said.
Meanwhile, officer-in-charge of DepEd Iligan, Dr. Nimfa R. Lago assured that Brigada Eskwela is not a requirement for parents to comply just to enroll their children in school.
This activity is an encouragement for the parents and our children to practice the spirit of volunteerism, Dr. Lago emphasized.
“One avenue of showing to the school and to our children that we support education is to participate in school activities such as this. Cooperation, unity and solidarity are being exercised and practiced,” Lago expressed.
The successful implementation of Brigada Eskwela 2019 all over Iligan City is highly appreciated by school principals, teachers, especially for learners who are excited for the opening of classes on June 3, 2019. (clviajante, PIA-10 GIC Iligan)
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