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Community spirit on full display in ‘Brigada Eskwela’

DAGUPAN CITY (PIA) — Every school year, the Department of Education (DepEd) launches the “Brigada Eskwela” in public schools grounded on the Filipino spirit of bayanihan (cooperation).
 
Amid the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic, the program also known as the National Schools Maintenance Week underscores the importance of cooperation between the academe and the community.
 
At Dagupan City National High School (DCNHS), the Brigada Eskwela draws on community as well as private and public sectors’ participation to prepare the school and make it ready to welcome students and make the resumption of face-to-face classes safe.
 
"Nagre-repair po kami sa mga rooms namin following the different health protocols and at the same time, [pini-prepare namin] 'yong mga materials na gagamitin para sa pasukan ng mga estudyante natin," Cayetano Carera, senior high school coordinator, said.
 
Among the stakeholders which participated in the Brigada Eskwela at the said school are the Union Galvasteel Corporation (UGC), Philippine Investment Management-University of Pangasinan (PHINMA-UPANG), and the PHINMA Foundation Inc.
 
In a message, UGC sales officer for Eastern Pangasinan Herbert Tabios said the corporation joined the PHINMA Education and the DCNHS in this activity as one of its missions is bayanihan in the community.
 
“Environment plays a big part in the learning of a student. And so if the environment is not conducive to learning, its foundation is hindered,” Tabios stated.
 
The vice president of the PHINMA Foundation Inc. and Public Affairs Peter Angelo Perfecto encouraged everyone to unite in addressing the learning crisis and it should concretely begin with the Brigada Eskwela wherein the PHINMA groups joined the same activity across 40 schools.
 
Perfecto said that PHINMA never stops trying to make things better, as one of the university’s missions, to compatriots especially for the youths.
 
Other stakeholders that supported the activity on Tuesday are the Philippine Army, Philippine National Police, and the Alpha Kappa Rho.
 
Further, the SM Center Dagupan Customer Relations Group also joined the Brigada Eskwela on Friday.
 
Volunteers from SM assisted in cleaning the rooms and the surroundings, and donated cleaning materials.  
 
The DCNHS management expressed gratitude to volunteers and donors.
 
With the theme, “Tugon sa Hamon ng Ligtas na Balik-Aral,” this year’s Brigada Eskwela runs from August 1 to 26 while the opening of classes in public schools is set on August 22. (JCR/AMB/JCDR/PIA Pangasinan)

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April Bravo

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April M. Montes-Bravo is an Information Officer III of the Philippine Information Agency (PIA)-Region 1. She is currently the Information Center Manager of PIA Pangasinan Information Center based in Dagupan City and  regional editrix of PIA-Region 1.

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