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In consonance to DepED Memorandum No. 168, s. 2009 and DepED Order No. 25, s. 2009, DepED Silay City implements 2009 Brigada Eskwela or the National Schools Maintenance Week on May 18 – 22, 2009.

A kick-off parade at 6:30 A.M. from the Silay Public Plaza to the Division Office of DepED Silay was participated by Education Supervisors, Public Schools District Supervisors, Principals, teachers, non-teaching personnel and other stakeholders. Each school hosted an Opening Program after the parade with the parents, donors/sponsors, government and community officials which is then followed by the clean-up drive in the classrooms and the school surroundings.

Mr. Federico B. Pillon, ES I- TLE, DepED Silay City, Program Coordinator set guidelines to be observed by school administrators in the implementation of the program and encouraged alumni, donors and benevolent sponsors to extend their support through donations in kind for this activity.

Cognizant to DepED Order No. 25, s. 2009, Brigada Eskwela is a schools maintenance program nationwide that engages all education stakeholders  to contribute their time, effort and resources in ensuring that all public schools are ready in time for school opening.  It is a weeklong event where communities, parents, alumni, civic groups, local businesses, non- government organizations, and private individuals including teacher and student volunteers devote their time and skills to do repairs and maintenance work in public schools.

Last year, the participation rate among public schools reached 100%.  All 44,619 public schools have contributed to the success of last year’s Brigada Eskwela.  Savings on maintenance reached P2.9 Billion, and the peso value of volunteer time pegged at P 1.6 Billion.  The peso value of donations-in-kind from generous donors amounted to P1.2 Billion.

All Regional and Division Offices synchronize the implementation of the School- Based Repair  and Maintenance Scheme (SBRMS) with Brigada Eskwela to maximize impact of these two DepED Programs.

It is hoped that this year’s implementation will be as successful as the previous year’s achievement.

by: by:Mbbastida