Briones rallies Negrense communities for Brigada Eskwela 2017

May 19, 2017

PASIG CITY, May 19, 2017 – Education Secretary Leonor Magtolis Briones urged the communities to be involved in making schools clean and safe for learners the entire year as she led the Negros Island Region (NIR) launch of Brigada Eskwela 2017 hosted by the Schools Division of Dumaguete City.
“What makes Brigada Eskwela special is not only the teachers are involved but also the parents and the spouses of the teachers,” Secretary Briones said. She further emphasized the importance of the spirit of volunteerism among the school personnel and the larger community in making schools ready, not just during Brigada Eskwela but the whole year round.
Around 1,500 participants from the 16 schools divisions of NIR converged at Dumaguete City National High School for the half-day activity participated by superintendents, assistant schools superintendents, curriculum and governance chiefs, school principals, teachers, non-teaching personnel, PTA officials, and education stakeholders. Regional officials led by Director Gilbert T. Sadsad and Assistant Regional Director Salustiano T. Jimenez were also present in the activity.
In the spirit of Brigada Eskwela, the 16 schools division of NIR did a fund-raising project called “Gugma Ko, Halad Ko sa Binagyo” (Our Love for the Typhoon Victims), for schools in Camarines Sur that were heavily damaged by typhoon “Nina.“ During a ceremonial turnover led by Sadsad, the principals of Nato National High School, Ocampo National High School, and Sagnay Central School each received more than half a million for classroom repair.
Dumaguete City Schools Division Superintendent Evangel M. Luminarias welcomed the delegates from the different schools divisions in the regional launching of Brigada Eskwela. Mayor Felipe Antonio B. Remollo also graced the event and lauded DepEd in honing young learners to become better and law-abiding citizens of the country. The local chief executive told the audience that DepEd will always have his administration’s full support in the implementation of programs and projects. Remollo also added that he has already allocated a budget for selected schools in Dumaguete City for the repair of classrooms and procurement of instructional facilities.
Color Fest Run
Around 800 runners composed of teaching and non-teaching personnel led by their respective superintendents participated in the Color Fest Run that started at 6:00am andpainted the whole town red with their unique chants and yells as the participants sashayed on the streets of Dumaguete.
According to Adolf P. Aguilar, Lead Coordinator of the Education Support Services Division, the fun run’s purposeis to unite the whole Negros Island Region and reaffirm its bond as one region. Although the activity is not a competition, its main goal is to show that DepEd NIR is stronger as ever. Participants from Dumaguete City Division bagged the special prize as the Most Dynamic and Participative Delegation. This is the second year NIR is holding Brigada Eskwela with Kabankalan City as the first host.
Brigada Eskwela exhibits medical mission
All 16 schools divisions also put up exhibits in their respective areas highlighting the various accomplishments of schools. Special awards were given to recognize the delegation’s efforts. The awardees are: Kabankalan City Division (Most Informative, Most Artistic, and Best in Saludo), Sagay City Division (Most Interactive and Best Adopt-A-School Report Presentation), and San Carlos City Division hailed as Most Colorful Exhibit. Bagging the 1st prize in the Regional Search for the Brigada Eskwela Jingle contest is Escalante City Division.
As the opening program was held, a medical mission outside thehigh school gymnasium was spearheaded by the regional medical team. The implementation of Brigada Eskwela focuses on three salient points: 1) School maintenance activities throughout the school year; 2) Community-led effort to improve student participation and reduce dropouts or enroll in Alternative Learning System (ALS); 3) Community-led effort to improve student performance.
This year’s theme “Isang DepEd, Isang Pamayanan, Isang Bayanihan para sa Handa at Ligtas na Paaralan,” Brigada Eskwela also known as Schools Maintenance Week, aims to demonstrate the spirit of volunteerism and shared community partnership in providing quality education to all.