The Department of Education (DepEd) Cordillera is set to start the “Brigada Eskwela” or the National School Maintenance Week on May 24, 2010.

The Brigada Eskwela is a schools maintenance program nationwide that engages all education stakeholders to contribute their time, effort and resources in ensuring that all public schools are ready in time for school opening.

It is an event where communities, parents, alumni, civic groups, local businesses, non-government organizations and private individuals including teacher and student volunteers to devote their time and skills to do repairs and maintenance work in public schools.

DepEd Cordillera Regional Director Josefina Tamondong said that the services that can be done in the schools are masonry, carpentry for the repair of chairs and furnitures, plumbing, electrical and electronic, landscaping and gardening for the beautification of the school.

“It takes a community to educate a child and this is precisely the point of Brigada Eskwela, the voluntary participation of the community stakeholders for a better learning environment for our students,” she said.

We are also encouraging the private schools to do the same and over the years, Brigada Eskwela has mobilized an increasing amount of support from both the private and public sectors, Tamondong said.

The program is participated in by elementary and secondary schools and generated almost a million worth of volunteer man-days, labor support, donations-in-kind and community maintenance operating expenses.

DepEd made mandatory among all public schools the Brigada Eskwela in order to spread the benefits and assure the pupils that all schools are ready for class opening.

The program is also a means to generate more public and private sector participation to the annual school event.

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