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Public elementary and secondary schools nationwide are all set for this year’s "Brigada Eskwela." The weeklong program also known as the “National Schools Maintenance Week,” is scheduled May 19-24.
"Getting our schools ready for the start of classes in June requires a lot of manpower. Every Filipino can contribute in helping create clean and resilient learning environments for our learners," Department of Education (DepEd) Secretary Armin Luistro said.
The DepEd noted that the official start of classes for the Academic Year 2014-2015 will begin on Monday, June 2, 2014.
In preparation for the opening of classes, the Brigada Eskwela is a nationwide voluntary effort that brings together school officials, teachers, parents, students, community helpers, government agencies, local business and private organizations in an effort to clean and repair all public elementary and secondary schools.
Aside from repairing chairs, tables and blackboards, cleaning walls, windows and doors, rest rooms, and school grounds, this year’s Brigada Eskwela aims to main disaster preparedness principles in schools.
In DepEd Memorandum No. 32, series of 2014, entitled 'Implementing Brigada Eskwela 2014', Secretary Luistro ordered this year’s Brigada to focus on "making school disaster-ready." He also stressed that the annual school maintenance week for this year should be more on "developing disaster-resilient school communities."
Started in 2003, Brigada Eskwela is a program of the Department of Education as part of Oplan Balik Eskwela. Now on its 11th year, the Brigada is considered as one of the most successful program of the DepEd. Volunteers from the government, the private sector, civil society organization and international organizations join in to contribute their time, effort and resources for the forthcoming school year.