DepEd ready for Brigada

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Thursday, May 8, 2014


PUBLIC schools tie up with the Baguio City Police Office (BCPO) and barangays in this year's Brigada Eskwela to be held on May 19-24 to prepare for the opening of classes on June 2.

The regional launching of Brigada Eskwela will be in Kabugao, Apayao on the 19th and will close on the 26th.

Department of Education Regional Director Ellen Donato said they wanted to assist hard to reach schools and chose Apayao for this reason.

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This year's Brigada Eskwela concentrates on making the schools a safer place for the students, reducing the risk on day to day emergencies that may be caused by natural or man-made occurrences.

To ensure this, aside from the maintenance, repair and rehabilitation of school facilities by the volunteer parents, teachers and students, the PNP and barangay tanods are also committed to maintain long term peace and order and not only on the opening of classes.

"Prepared na prepared na ang BCPO," said Officer-in-Charge Police Senior Superintendent Rolando Miranda.

Their participation on Brigada Eskwela includes monetary and human resources support.

Fliers on anti-bullying and crime prevention are already being printed and will be passed on to schools for reproduction and distribution to students.

The deployment of peace officers and patrollers were also ensured. This as Miranda revealed there is a program to train and equip barangay tanods to enable them to maintain peace and order in the different school barangays and puroks in Baguio City.

The training and equipping of barangay and purok tanods funded with P194,000 is expected to commence this month to further educate these officers on security protocols and to provide additional appropriate equipment.

Miranda strongly believes engaging barangay peace officers will lead to the fulfillment of the mandate to secure not only schools but their respective communities.

Some 500 batons, 500 whistles, 50 flashlights and 50 handcuffs have been distributed by the BCPO to the tanods.

The concept of the Brigada Eskwela is centered on community volunteerism. “When a community supports a school, there is a sense of belongingness,” Donato stressed.

Brigada Eskwela indicates the participation and strengthened partnership of parents, teachers, students, police officers and barangay peace officers as community members. (Giovani Joy Fontanilla)

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on May 09, 2014.

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