THE Department of Education (DepEd) on Monday started its annual school maintenance project, Brigada Eskwela, in various public schools nationwide to ensure that all public school facilities are ready for the opening of classes in June.
Education Secretary Armin Luistro said the week-long program, considered as one of the most successful projects of the education department for the past few years, aims to prepare schools for the coming school year and to promote volunteerism among the members of the community.
“The Philippines is the biggest country, if not the only country in the world that gathers and prepares the schools for the coming school year,” Luistro told volunteers at the Numancia Central Elementary School in Siargao Island, Surigao del Norte province.
He said the invitation to help out in schools is “extended to all volunteers who are willing to contribute their time, effort, and resources for the preparation of public schools.”
Brigada brings together school officials, parents, students, and private organizations in an effort to clean and repair schools in time for enrolment the following week and the start of classes on June 1.
During the weeklong program, volunteers will paint classrooms, fix damaged furniture and repair broken windows, among others.
Luistro also commended Siargao Island for having 22 schools that will offer Grade 11
in June 2016.
“Our target is to have one Senior High School per municipality but if we already have 22, that would already be a minimum of two senior high school schools per municipality in Siargao,” he said.
Luistro urged out-of-school youth to register under the Abot-Alam Program where they can finish high school.