Adopt a school, rear a child

DIRECTOR'S Cut: (This portion features the thoughts of DepEd 11 Regional Director Gloria D. Benigno, CESO IV to all stakeholders and recipients of the efforts to improve the basic education) "I am your team leader, you are my team mates, together, let us work as a team?

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Brigada Eskwela or the National Schools Maintenance Week will be conducted in all public schools nationwide on May 19-24, 2014 as per DepED Memorandum 32, s. 2014. This year, the Office of the Undersecretary for Partnership and External Linkages through the Adopt-a-School Program had issued the enhanced selection criteria to qualify to the Best Brigada Eskwela Implementers.

The following is the enhanced criteria provided in DepED Memorandum 41, s. 2014: Scope of Work, 40 percent, Diverse Volunteer Participation, 30 percent, Generated Resources, 20 percent and Alignment of the Maintenance Effort to Current Theme of Brigada Eskwela, 10 percent.

Adopt-a-School Program has been here for quite sometimes. Below is the short description of the program:

Potential engineers, scientists, mathematicians, and artists are in our schools, but they may not have a chance to pursue their dreams due to economic difficulty. Their parents dream of a better life for their children and strive hard to provide well for them, but in many cases, even just the provision of food for each household's table is already a struggle.

The government allots the biggest share of the national budget to public basic education, but the amount still cannot keep up with the increasing student population. There are even more children who are out on the streets and who have to be shepherded into the schools, but government resources are simply not enough to provide them the free, quality education to which they are all entitled.

We need generous hearts in the private sector to realize the spirit of Republic Act 8525 or the Adopt-A-School Act, enacted in 1988 for the very purpose of providing a venue for the strong and dynamic private sector to participate in nation-building through investments in the education of Filipino children. The rewards of such investments come through an educated generation that will succeed ours, run our enterprises, and steer this nation to greater heights.

Over the years, DepEd introduced interventions to reduce student dropouts and keep the youth off the streets. It has sought to increase student achievement levels and improve teacher performance. It continues to bring the issues and needs of public education to every Filipino who cares, in an effort to invite each and everyone to help boost education opportunities for our young.

DepEd, through the Adopt-A-School Program (ASP), sincerely invites all members of private entities to accept our offer of active partnership in the noble goal of educating all Filipinos. Education is the key to national growth.

With Adopt-A-School, each Filipino can have the opportunity to enjoy his right to education, to open his eyes to the wonders and challenges of the world, to pursue his dreams, and to contribute capably towards the nation's progress.

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For comments, suggestions and/or contributions, send your email to For queries, complains and other concerns, call DepED Region 11 at (082) 227-9342 or fax to (082) 227-1102 and (082) 221-6147.


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