Monday, May 29, 2017

To beat '16 feat, DepEd urges 
for more Brigada+ volunteers

TAGBILARAN CITY, May 22, (PIA)--Bohol Schools Division Officials, school coordinators and community volunteers are now up and about with a mission: beat the 2016 Brigada Eskwela Plus records for the national school maintenance program. 

This as the Bohol Division launched the provincial community involvement initiative in education, or the Brigada Eskwela 2017 Plus in Lila High School May 17.

Although set as a five day event following the national school maintenance program kick off with Department of Health Secretary Leonor Briones leading, Bohol's provincial launch happened two days later, reports DepED Bohol Brigada Eskwela Plus coordinator Evelyn C Marapao. 

Saddled with issues in school maintenance programs especially in making schools ready for the first day of the opening of classes, the DepED has since adopted the Brigada Eskwela. 

and since its adoption in 2003, Brigada Eskwela has transformed itself into a movement that has ensured the readiness of public schools for school opening. 

The Brigada Eskwela has largely been credited in makings schools ready for the opening of classes and has pooled resources that has freed so much of the government's maintenance and other operating expenses, DepED sources said. 

Across the country, the DepED has accounted for more than 10 million volunteers comprising of parents, teachers, employees, local government units, alumni associations and civic organizations and other interest groups whose advocacies include education and its universal access.

Als known as adopt-a school program, the Brigada Eskwela has been DepED's flagship initiative that solicits community involvement believing that "it takes a village to educate a child." 

DepED said Brigada Eskwela Plus “has become the department’s frontline initiative that started in the belief that the community has a big role in improving public education.”

But even as the five day Brigada Eskwela 2017 Plus, set from May 15-20 has ended, Marapao said the Department of Education (DepED) has extended the volunteer school maintenance program the whole year round. 

And for the whole year, DepED Bohol hints that it is trying to outdo itself by beating its consolidated record set duirngthe Brigada Eskwela Plus in 2016. 

Marapao said 2016 accounted for some 25,564 volunteers across Bohol and has generated resources amounting to P25,587, 565 which helped make the 2016 maintenance and other operating expenses go a longer way. 

Along this line, education officials urge communities to enlist and show up to volunteer for the schools. 

We are inviting the community, school alumni, public officials, non government organizations and groups to drop in, as we have seen more streamlined volunteer services including a package of interesting pakulo, DepED Supervisor Lope Hubac continued. 

According to DepED sources, volunteer services are accounted on a man-hour basis and would be valued to be included in the school's record of generated resources. 

This way, even a simple volunteer service or goodie brought in could be accounted among the school's resources. 

As this happened, Hubac said there is not much pronounced school building backlog in the elementary as the Bohol Division officials have this already projected and filled. 

The situation however is different in the secondary schools where the DepED has implemented this year a full Grade 12.

We are implementing Grade 12 classroom constructions, many are already ongoing but some of our contractors do have problems, Hubac appraised. 

We have however sent official communications to these contractors to finish their contracts and out engineering departments have been monitoring compliance and making follow ups, he volunteer the information. (rahc/PIA-7/Bohol)
The mission to get over 26,000 volunteers and P30Million generated resources won't end with the ceremonial closure of the Brigada Eskwela Plus, hints DepED's Senior Education program specialist and Brigada coordinator Evelyn Marapao. (rahc/PIA-7/Bohol)

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