NEGROS ORIENTAL (PIA) – The Department of Education (DepEd) here is encouraging the public to participate in the weeklong Brigada Eskwela from May 30 until June 4.
DepEd-Negros Oriental Division Education Program Specialist Karla Panesa, who is also the coordinator of the “Adopt-a-School” Program of the division, said the theme for this year’s Brigada Eskwela is “Tayo para sa paaralang ligtas, maayos at handa mula kindergarten hanggang senior high school.”
Panesa announced during a Kapihan sa PIA forum today that there will be a regional launching on the Brigada Eskwela on May 27 in Kabankalan, Negros Occidental.
DepEd Sec. Armin Luistro and Usec. Mario Dequito are expected to grace the event together with DepEd-NIR Director Dr. Gilbert Sadsad and Assistant Regional Director Dr. Salustiano Jimenez.
DepEd-Negros Oriental Division will gather at Mabinay National High School on the same day for a pre-launching event and will proceed to Kabankalan Plaza for the formal regional launching of Brigada Eskwela.
DepEd-Division of Negros Oriental covers 535 public elementary and high schools in the province.
Panesa said the event highlights the partnership between the department and its stakeholders in the community in making sure that classrooms are safe and conducive for learning for the students in time for the school opening this June.
The activities included during the Brigada Eskwela week include repainting of classrooms, checking of electrical wires, and integrity check of school buildings done in coordination with the barangay or municipal electricians and the local fire department to make sure that school buildings are hazard and earthquake free.
“During this week, it is really important that parents and private industry help in the rehabilitation. They can donate cement or parents can help in repairing damaged school chairs, drainage system or school pipes apart from usual cleaning of classrooms,” Panesa said.
Meanwhile, DepEd-Negros Oriental Division Senior High School (SHS) Coordinator Renante Juanillo also revealed in the forum that additional classrooms have been constructed in different public high schools in the province for the implementation of SHS this year.
However, he noted that 60% of the total number of classrooms has reached completion while the remaining figure is still ongoing construction but he hopes that construction of these classrooms will be finished within the year. (rmn/ral/PIA7-Negros Oriental/This article was originally published at PIA website on May 25, 2016)