Mayor Cristina urges more participation for Brigada Eskwela
TACLOBAN CITY – Mayor Cristina G. Romualdez urged more multi-sectoral participation in the maintenance of disaster-resilient school facilities on Monday, May 15, as she led the kick-off of the yearly School Maintenance Week or “Brigada Eskwela.”
The kick-off ceremony held at the Sta. Elena Elementary School, a primary school located in the northern part of the City which caters to more than 200 students; was attended by local DepEd Officials led by Dr. Thelma Quitalig, local Barangay Officials and representatives of the Alaska Milk Corporation which provided a feeding program for schoolchildren.
She committed the full support of the City Government and expressed her wish that more will be motivated to contribute their time, effort and resources for the activity that is meant to prepare public school facilities for the upcoming school year in June.
The City Government is set to distribute P50,000 financial support to City Public Elementary and Secondary Schools this week as part of its yearly commitment for the Brigada Eskwela. The amount will help defray costs for minor repairs, maintenance works and clean-up in schools.
A free haircut will also be conducted in ten public schools courtesy of the Cristina’s Learn and Earn Program – the Mayor’s Pet Livelihood Project, as part of the efforts to entice more volunteers for the local DepEd Program.
Meantime, the Brigada Eskwela Coordinator of the City Schools Division Office Norberto Erandio said that the implementation of the “Brigada” from May 15 to 20, 2017 is anchored on DepEd Order 43 series of 2017. This year’s theme is: “Isang DepEd, Isang Pamayanan, Isang Bayanihan Para sa Handa at Ligtas na Paaralan.”
Erandio disclosed that a Division Search for the Best School Implementer of the School Maintenance Program will commence shortly after a week to select entries for the Regional Brigada Eskwela Awards.
Nine City Division entries were recognized in the Regional Awards last year, while one entry Dr. A.P Banez Elementary School was named “Exceptional School” at the National Level. The City Division has 67 Elementary and Secondary Public Schools under its jurisdiction. -HENRY JAMES G. ROCA/CIO, Photos by Tim Canes/CMO