Education office launches 'Brigada Eskwela' today

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Monday, May 23, 2011

PARENTS and teachers are set to troop to public schools Monday, in line with the Department of Education's (DepEd) yearly activity "Brigada Eskwela."

Negros Occidental Schools Division Superintendent Rizalino Tortosa said the activity is in preparation for the opening of classes on June 6 for school year 2011-2012.

He said the schools have received donations for school materials like paints, nails, and plywood. With these materials, volunteer parents, together with the teachers, will perform the needed repair and maintenance of the classrooms.

DepEd expects to save billions of pesos in maintenance costs with the successful holding of Brigada Eskwela, a yearly campaign to prepare the country's more than 44,000 public schools for the opening of classes.

In 2010, DepEd estimated that it saved nearly P3 billion in MOOE (maintenance, operating and other expenses) because of the Brigada Eskwela campaign.

Meanwhile, Tortosa said that the enrollment is now ongoing for the public elementary and high schools all over the province.

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on May 23, 2011.

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