Brigada Eskwela 2019 kicks off

Brigada Eskwela
BRIGADA ESKWELA. Members of the Department of Education - General Trias City led by Dr. Edtiha Atendido (center), Mayor Antonio Ferrer (right) and Cavite 6th district Rep. Luis Ferrer IV (5th from left) hold brooms and tools during the kick-off ceremony for the Brigada Eskwela at the General Trias Memorial Elementary School in Bgy. San Juan I, General Trias City. Photo by Dennis Abrina

GENERAL TRIAS  CITY, Cavite - Thousands of public school teachers, administrators, parents, volunteers and members of the local government unit  yesterday trooped to the General Trias Memorial Elementary School in San Juan 1, this city for the “Brigada Eskwela” kick-off ceremony themed “Matatag na Bayan para sa Maunlad na Paaralan.”

Department of Education - GenTri district director Dr. Editha Atendido led a short program and the launching of a clean-up drive in preparation for the June 2019 school opening.  

“Sama-sama po tayo sa pagsasaayos ng mga silid-aralan para sa darating na June 3 school opening. Bring love and care for the learners of General Trias,” Atendido said.

“Bring yourself, bring tools, bring food, bring love and care. Tayo na po sa ‘Bring-Gada’ Eskwela sa General Trias,” Atendido added.

The local government unit led by Mayor Antonio Ferrer are set to provide materials such as paints, broom, paint brush and other things needed in the one-week program of the DepEd.

The Department of the Interior and Local Government, the Bureau of Fire, Philippine National Police, Bureau of Jail Management and Penology, Nagkakaisang Kababaihan ng General Trias, Sangguniang Kabataan, barangay leaders, civic organizations, retired teachers and the City Health Office also joined the event.

“Dito po natin makikita ang kapwa GenTriseños na tumutulong sa pagsasaayos ng mga paaralan. Dito po makikita ang malasakit ng bawat mag-aaral. Dito din po makikita ang spirit of volunteerism sa ating lungsod. “Here we can see all GenTriseños help organize schools. Here we see the spirit of volunteerism in our city,” Rep. Luis Ferrer IV said.

Two new school buildings will be turned over by the local government to the DepEd before the opening of classes. They are the 4-storey, 12-classroom building at the General Trias Memorial Elementary School in San Juan I, and a 4-storey, 8-classroom building in Gen. Artemio Ricarte Elem. School in Bagumbayan.

Last Friday, the DepEd officially launched the 16th Brigada Eskwela at the Alfonso Central School in Alfonso, Cavite.

More than 1,000 DepEd officials, stakeholders, local officials and various members of the community attended the event.

Brigada Eskwela or the National Schools Maintenance Week is a nationwide initiative by the DepEd that mobilizes thousands of parents, alumni, civic groups, local businesses, non-government organizations, teachers, students, and individuals who volunteer their time and skills to do repairs, maintenance work, and clean-up of public elementary and secondary schools. 

With Celso Lidot