MANILA, Philippines – Is the Filipino trait of bayanihan (cooperation) still alive in local communities?
The Department of Education (DepEd) poses this challenge as preparations begin for this year’s Brigada Eskwela, the National Schools Maintenance Week on May 30 to June 4, 2016.
The deparment encourages individuals to participate and contribute their time and resources to help prepare schools in their communities for the opening of classes.
With the theme: “Tayo Para sa Paaralang Ligtas, Maayos, at Handa Mula Kindergarten Hanggang Senior High School” (All of us for safe and proper schools, and ready from Kindergarten to Senior High School), DepEd aims to unite communities for the purpose of ensuring a better future for the next generation.
“Brigada eskwela is bayanihan for schools,” said Education Undersecretary for Partnerships and Linkages Mario Deriquito. (Brigada Eskwela harnesses the community spirit for schools.)
Initiated in 2003, Brigada Eskwela brings together the government and civil society to work together to ensure that all public school facilities are clean, orderly, and safe for the opening of schools in June.
Over 8 million people have volunteered nationwide from 2010 to 2015.
Approximately 20 million students will benefit from this year’s Brigada Eskwela.
Regional offices and schools will hold a caravan to launch the first day of Brigada Eskwela on May 30. The kick-off ceremony will be held in Sta. Cruz Pingkian High School, Kayapa, Nueva Vizcaya in Region II.