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Friday, May 22, 2015

Brigada Eskwela winds up today, gears up for Balik Eskwela next week

By Alma L. Tingcang

IPIL, Zamboanga Sibugay - The Department of Education’s Brigada Eskwela 2015, also known as the National Schools Maintenance Week started Monday, May 18 and will wind up tomorrow, May 23.

Mr. Felix Romy A. Triambulo, OIC Asst. Schools Division Superintendent said the week-long event gathers together parents, teachers, students, LGU officials, stakeholders and other volunteers to clean up the school, paint classrooms for the upcoming school year this June.

With the theme, “Tayo Para sa Kalinisan at Kahandaan ng Ating mga Paaralan,” this school maintenance effort engages all education stakeholders to contribute their time, effort and resources to ensure that public school facilities are prepared in time for the opening of classes in June.

“The opening of the Brigada Eskwela at the Ipil Central School was attended by Governor Wilter Yap Palma, Mayor Eldwin Alibutdan, the new commander of 102nd “IGSOON” Brigade, Col. Andres A. Aguinaldo Jr. and other stakeholders, showing their support to the activity,” Triambulo said gratefully.

Asked if it is true that children whose parents who could not participate in the Brigada Eskwela would not be enrolled in the school, Triambulo said this is a wrong notion. They could still be enrolled since this is not a requirement, it is a voluntary act of support on the part of stakeholders.

He cited some cases wherein parents who are too busy at work in the government or private sector and could not join the Brigada Eskwela often pay workers to do the job. “But again, everything is voluntary. You are not under compulsion,” Triambulo was quoted as saying.

Next week, DepEd is slated to conduct Balik Eskwela so there would be no hitches come June 1 which marks the opening of classes. The early enrolment of schoolchildren next week will deter the influx of students as classes commence in June.

“We are also planning to conduct a Senior High School Caravan because we would like to advocate the benefits of senior high school. I know you could greatly help us, our media partners to make parents and other stakeholders understand its advantages, including the extent of government support for the students,” Triambulo explained.