FORT BONIFACIO, Taguig City – Armed with carpentry and painting tools and other construction materials, the Philippine Army are deploying military personnel in Metro Manila to support the Department of Education’s (DepEd’s) National Schools Maintenance Week or Brigada Eskwela 2015 dubbed as “Tayo Para Sa Kalinisan at Kahandaan ng Ating mga Paaralan”, which kicked-off today.
400 soldiers from the Army’s Civil Military Operations Group (CMOG), Army Support Command (ASCOM), Headquarters and Headquarters Support Group (HHSG) and Army Reserve Command (ARESCOM) were deployed to 18 schools in Taguig City, Makati City, Pasig City, Muntilupa City, Pasay City and Pateros and Tondo in Manila from May 18 – 23 to help teachers and parents in cleaning schools, repair school facilities and do maintenance work like repainting.
The activity is also the Philippine Army’s way of communicating with the school children as embodied in the Army’s Transformation Roadmap (ATR); an Army that is more responsive, reliable, capable and committed to its mandate of serving the people and securing the land.
Brigada Eskwela is a yearly joint undertaking of concerned government agencies a month before the official opening of classes nationwide. In the spirit of Bayanihan, various groups and organizations, including the Philippine Army and PNP, join hands to make this year’s Brigada Eskwela a success and ensure that the schools are child-friendly and conducive to learning.
This is one of the civilian-initiated programs actively supported by the Philippine Army as part of its Bayanihan activities.
Meanwhile, Philippine Army Major Units down to the battalions are also directed to participate said activity in their respective areas of responsibility.