This day, a Kick-off Caravan was held, where DepEd Secretary Bro. Armin Luistro, FSC, ushered in Brigada Eskwela or the National Schools Maintenance Week . The Central Office and field offices held a motorcade which commenced from DepEd, Otigas Avenue then to EDSA, going to Quezon City ended at Bago-Bantay Elementary School to launch the first day of Brigada Eskwela.
According to Bro. Armin, “The Brigada Eskwela is a school and maintenance program that engages all education stakeholders to contribute their time, effort and resource in ensuring that public schools are set in time for the forthcoming school opening.” It was first initiated last 2003 and only 31% of public schools in the country have participated and an increasing response from others have given DepEd 100% of all the country’s public schools( including those that are included in the Adopt a School Program), will be expected to join in.
“Brigada” or brigade means a group of people united in a common goal or objective, much like Bayanihan. Demonsrating the true value of Brigada Eskwela as it teaches our children how volunteerism and cooperation can make a big change in our community. And how everyone, including private sectors like Autovention Corp, Mannasoft, Davis Paints, NEDCO, Smart Comm. and among others have shown support in DepEd’s campaign. USAID and AUSAID have been supporting since then. No monetary support were made only in kind, such as paints, construction materials and man-power were given.
Even soldiers and reservists, assigned to the military’s National Capital Regional Command (NCRCom), have pitched in on cleaning chores at the Bago Bantay Elementary School in Quezon City, in support of the clean-up and repair campaign in public elementary and high schools ahead of the opening of classes on June 6.
Indeed the spirit of Bayanihan among us still lives on!