More volunteers join ‘Brigada Eskwela’ – DepEd

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Tuesday, May 20, 2014

THE Department of Education (DepEd) in Negros Occidental noticed an increase in response from parents and students and from other sectors during the launching of this year’s “Brigada Eskwela” Monday.

Provincial Schools Division Superintendent Juliet Jeruta said that as early as 6:30 a.m., activities started in various public schools across the province.

The week-long clean-up and maintenance activities started with a caravan to create awareness in the schools’ respective communities.


Jeruta said they noted an increase in terms of awareness because of the significant response, and said she hopes that it will continue until the rest of the week.

She added that public elementary and high schools are accepting donations in cash and in kind like labor during the clean-up drive and repair of school facilities.

There are areas where medical missions were also held, Jeruta said.

She also acknowledged the assistance of the Philippine National Police and the Engineering Brigade of the Philippine Army for conducting plumbing activities and repairing the septic tanks of schools.

The Philippine Institute of Civil Engineers also assisted the “Brigada Eskwela,” she said.

Jeruta said that although “Brigada Eskwela” is only up to May 24, the clean-up and repair of schools will continue until the school opening on June 2.

The Negros Occidental Schools Division covers 575 public and 122 private elementary schools, and 49 public and 115 private high schools in 19 municipalities and four cities all over the province.

In Bacolod, City Schools Superintendent Gemma Ledesma said city officials joined the launching of the clean-up drive which will run for the rest of the week.

“I would like to challenge the stakeholders of the schools to make our schools beautiful and conducive for learning,” she said.

The business sector also helped in the clean-up activities.

Ledesma said that with everyone helping one another, they can prepare the school better in time for the school opening. (TDE/CNC)

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on May 20, 2014.

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