DepEd calls for coordinated efforts in Brigada Eskwela sa Marawi

June 27, 2017

PASIG CITY, June 27, 2017 – The Department of Education-Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (DepEd-ARMM), in close coordination with the DepEd Central Office (CO), DepEd Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Service (DRRMS), DepEd Region 10, Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), and other partner agencies and organizations, will expedite the revitalization of education in Marawi City through Brigada Eskwela sa Marawi.
 
By conducting Brigada Eskwela anew in the embattled city, DepEd ARMM and DepEd CO aim to help displaced learners, teachers, and personnel rebuild their lives by repairing damaged schools and resuming education as soon as safety and security permits.
 
“While we expect that the situation will be resolved in the near future, we also consider the safety and security, not only of our learners and workforce, but of the individuals and organizations that will go the extra mile to ensure the resumption of classes in Marawi. As soon as clearance is given that the city is safe from unexploded ordnance and other security threats, we will mobilize communities and volunteers to rebuild schools,” Education Secretary Leonor Magtolis Briones emphasized.
 
Brigada Eskwela sa Marawi seeks to conduct immediate rehabilitation of public school facilities with minimal damage, and to perform structural investigation and thorough intervention assessment for public schools with substantial damages. To aid in repairing and preparing schools, DepEd emphasizes the need for volunteers and construction supplies such as, but not limited to, paint, cement, nails, galvanized iron sheets, lumber, and hand tools.
 
Ahead of the planned week-long Brigada Eskwela sa Marawi, DepEd, through its DRRMS, has already been organizing interventions that intend to reduce the effect of violence and regain a sense of normalcy among affected residents. Most recent is the conduct of Psychological First Aid (PFA) for the first batch of teachers and personnel in Cagayan de Oro City last June 20-22, 2017. DRRMS also mobilized resource persons from partners such as Psychological Association of the Philippines CDO (PAP-CDO); Department of Health CDO (DOH-CDO); Teach Peace, Build Peace; Sining Kambayoka of Marawi City; Cultural Center of the Philippines; and Xavier University.
 
Funds for school supplies (crayons, art papers, glue) and food for learners and PFA providers were mobilized with the help of DepEd Region 9 and Angat-Buhay, in partnership with the Office of the Vice President (OVP).  The need for more supplies was immediately provided for by the DepEd ARMM.
 
Moreover, DepEd DRRMS coordinated with the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) for the transportation of donations, specifically 18,000 sets of learners’ kit/school supplies generated by DepEd External Partnerships Service (EPS) and World Vision. Three thousand (3,000) chairs from Angat-Buhay and OVP are also slated to arrive.
 
Partners who have communicated their pledges and turned over donations through EPS and DRRMS include: Aboitiz Foundation; Amway Philippines; Aspen Philippines, Inc.; Batang Filipino Farmers and CHEERS Foundation; Colgate-Palmolive Philippines; Cosmic Technologies, Inc.; Dole Philippines, Inc.; First  Consolidated Bank; GMA Kapuso Foundation; JG Summit Holdings; Latter Day Saints Church; Megawide Foundation; Philippine Public Schools Teachers Association; RGC Group of Companies (Uratex); Rotary Club International; San Miguel Foundation; Sterling Paper Group of Companies; and Youthopia / Procter & Gamble Philippines.
 
“Soon, Marawi will be ready to rise again and Brigada Eskwela will be the communities’ way to contribute to the healing process by ensuring that education is not curtailed by violence. DepEd CO and DepEd ARMM are in close talks to rebuild schools and better determine the needs of learners, teachers, and personnel. With this, we strongly encourage agencies, organizations, and individuals to coordinate with DepEd to ensure that donations are appropriately identified and properly distributed,” Briones stated.
 
Government offices and agencies, local government units, non-government organizations, companies, and individuals interested to donate or volunteer may directly coordinate with DepEd CO’s External Partnerships Service, through Mr. Rolly Soriano (Project Development Officer III) at (02) 636 7523 or rolly.soriano@deped.gov.ph. Any amount or in-kind donations are welcome.
 
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