DepEd calls on public to support Brigada Eskwela 2016

Kim Rojas

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DepEd calls on public to support Brigada Eskwela 2016
The Education Department asks the public to volunteer to clean and prepare public schools in time for the opening of classes

MANILA, Philippines – Is the Filipino trait of bayanihan (cooperation) still alive in local communities?

The Department of Education (DepEd) poses this challenge as preparations begin for this year’s Brigada Eskwela, the National Schools Maintenance Week on May 30 to June 4, 2016.

The deparment encourages individuals to participate and contribute their time and resources to help prepare schools in their communities for the opening of classes. 

With the theme: “Tayo Para sa Paaralang Ligtas, Maayos, at Handa Mula Kindergarten Hanggang Senior High School” (All of us for safe and proper schools, and ready from Kindergarten to Senior High School), DepEd aims to unite communities for the purpose of ensuring a better future for the next generation.

Brigada eskwela is bayanihan for schools,” said Education Undersecretary for Partnerships and Linkages Mario Deriquito. (Brigada Eskwela harnesses the community spirit for schools.)

BRIGADA ESKWELA. Education Assistant Secretary Tonisito Umali and and Undersecretary Mario Deriquito discuss school opening details. Photo by Kim Rojas / Rappler

Initiated in 2003, Brigada Eskwela brings together the government and civil society to work together to ensure that all public school facilities are clean, orderly, and safe for the opening of schools in June. (READ: What we can learn from Brigada Eskwela)

Over 8 million people have volunteered nationwide from 2010 to 2015.

Approximately 20 million students will benefit from this year’s Brigada Eskwela

Regional offices and schools will hold a caravan to launch the first day of Brigada Eskwela on May 30. The kick-off ceremony will be held in Sta. Cruz Pingkian High School, Kayapa, Nueva Vizcaya in Region II.

K-12 ready

Assistant Secretary for Legal and Legislative Affairs Tonisito Umali dismissed doubts that DepEd was not ready for the implementation of Senior High School. Umali said that the success of the Board of Election Inspectors supervising the 2016 elections, and the implementation of Mandatory Kindergarten should clear any doubts about the capacity of DepEd to implement new programs 

Some 5,993 public schools will cater to Grade 11 students for 2016, and Grade 12 for 2017. These public schools are ready and will use new classrooms and facilities. (READ: IN NUMBERS: #PHVote and Philippine education)

An additional 5,023 private high schools, private and public universities and colleges, and technical-vocational schools will accommodate Grade 11 students in 2016, and Grade 12 in 2017.

“We’ll make it happen,” said Umali, referring to the Senior High School program–

Kim Rojas is a Rappler intern from Iloilo City.

To those who are interested to volunteer, go to DepEd schools in your community and look for teachers and principals. Any kind and form of help will be appreciated for this year’s Brigada Eskwela.

If you have any question about the K-12 or Senior High School program, please call 667-1188, or 1800-1888-6349 toll-free, or email


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