FORT BONIFACIO, Taguig City – Army soldiers gear up to join the Department of Education’s National Schools Maintenance Week or Brigada Eskwela which will kick off on May 19, Monday.
In the spirit of Bayanihan, various groups and organizations, including the Philippine Army, join hands to make this year’s Brigada Eskwela a success and ensure that the schools all over the archipelago will be “Disaster Friendly and Resilient School-Communities”.
Almost 500 soldiers from the Army’s Civil Military Operations Group, Civil Military Operations Battalion, and the Headquarters and Headquarters Support Group will be deployed to 33 schools in Muntinlupa City, Taguig City, Makati City, Marikina City, Caloocan City, Pasay City, Quezon City, Pateros, and Tondo.
Soldiers will engage in the school maintenance program, particularly in electrical, carpentry and construction works.
The National Schools Maintenance Week or Brigada Eskwela is a week-long activity of the Department of Education which brings together teachers, parents, and other community members to work together in repairing and preparing public schools for the school opening in June.
This is one of the civilian-orchestrated projects that the Army supports as part of its Bayanihan activities.
Brigada Eskwela is a nationwide endeavor of the Philippine Army. Army units all over the country are mobilized to help in doing minor repairs, painting and cleaning of the school premises.
The Philippine Army believes, however, that more than making the school facilities presentable and adequately prepared to accommodate thousands of enrollees this school year, this initiative also addresses the basic rights of children to education by providing an institution that is child-friendly and conducive to learning.
This annual activity is also in line to communicate the direction of the Army Transformation Roadmap (ATR). An Army that is more capable, responsive, reliable and professional organization committed to its mandate of serving the people and securing the land.