IN TIME for the opening of classes for academic year 2014-2015, the Aboitiz Group participated in this year’s Brigada Eskwela program, reaching out to 186 schools throughout the country.

Spearheaded by the Aboitiz Foundation, the Group has been participating in the annual Brigada Eskwela of the Department of Education (DepEd) since 2008 to help provide the students from its host communities a school environment conducive for learning.

“Amongst many other education-related initiatives, the foundation continuously supports Brigada Eskwela as we believe great education starts in an environment that can truly make students feel at home–where they belong,” said Aboitiz Foundation executive vice president and chief operating officer Sonny Carpio.

Aboitiz business units participated in batches, with some holding the program as early as the first week of May, while others chose to conduct the activity up until the end of the month.

A total of 1,691 team members took part in the initiative, increasing by 17 percent from last year’s 1,443 volunteers.

Aboitiz companies from the corporate headquarters, together with CitySavings Bank–Ortigas Branch, have rallied up team members to volunteer for the Brigada Eskwela for painting and repair of materials for Signal Village High School in Taguig City last May 24.

Around 120 team members, together with local government representatives, teachers and students of the beneficiary school worked on the repainting of the interior and exterior walls of school buildings, boards and gates, and some checking up of the

computer units in the cyber laboratory.

Some 153 schools nationwide underwent minor repairs and repainting work during the activity.