THE Department of Education (DepEd) banked on recycling of plastic waste and school environmental cleanup in compliance to Brigada Eskwela’s focus this year which is on environmental cleanup, solid waste management, among others.
Rebecca Ragrag, assistant regional director of DepEd-Eastern Visayas, said they continued on their project in filling up of empty plastic containers with cellophane and plastic wrappers which will be used as interior decors, school landscaping, and gardening by making cellophane-filled plastic containers a substitute for hollow blocks in garden plots.
“This has helped a lot in keeping the school clean year round. Plastic wrappers are collected by students for this purpose,” Ragrag told Leyte Samar Daily Express.
For the tree planting activities, Ragrag said they will plant various vegetables and trees around the perimeter of the schools.
For urban gardening, vegetables can be planted in recycled pots, cans and plastic containers, Ragrag added.
The Brigada Eskwela is a school maintenance program undertaken yearly that engages all education stakeholders to contribute their time, effort, and resources in ensuring that public school facilities are set in time for the forthcoming school opening.
The program is also an effort of teachers, parents, students, community members, and other organizations to do minor repairs and clean-ups on their schools in preparation for the start of the school year.
Ragrag added that preparing school classrooms ready for the first day of school is also their utmost concern. (Leyte Samar Daily Express)