This last week of May, the Department of Education (DepEd) kicked off its annual school maintenance week known as Brigada Eskwela, in various schools nationwide. Brigada brings together school officials, parents, students, and private organizations in an effort to clean and repair schools in time for enrollment the following week and the start of classes on June 2.
Education Secretary Br. Armin A. Luistro FSC said, “Getting our schools ready for the start of classes in June requires a lot of manpower. Every Filipino can contribute in helping create clean and resilient learning environments for our learners.”
Foreign assistance in Tacloban
Still recovering from the effects of super typhoon Yolanda last year, the Eastern Visayas region has been undergoing clean up and rebuilding efforts for most of 2014. Monday started with the Korean government turning over several classrooms and an office building to DepEd.
In cooperation with the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), the Republic of Korea Army – Araw Contingent had rehabilitated 91 school rooms in 10 schools from the municipalities of Palo, Tanauan, and Tolosa. The Korean Army has also restored the National Educators Academy of the Philippines-Regional Educational Learning Center (NEAP-RELC) facility in Region VIII. From May to December 2014, the Korean Army aims to rehabilitate 28 schools in Dulag, Palo, Tanauan, and Tolosa.
The Korean Army is one of several organizations that helped Eastern Visayas build back better after Yolanda.