“Isang Pamayanan, Isang Bayanihan para sa Isang Handa at Ligtas na Paaralan.”
Such was the theme of this year’s Brigada Eskwela, launched on the morning of May 15 at the Bataan National High School (BNHS).
Teachers, parents, students, and volunteers assembled at Plaza Mayor for a motorcade to BNHS. Mayor Francis Anthony S. Garcia was among the guests of honor on the first day of Brigada.
The volunteers came from various sectors of the community: some from national government agencies (NGAs), others from non-government organizations (NGOs).
For its part, the city government donated gallons of paint for classroom renovation. The donation was purchased through voluntary contributions from city government employees.
On behalf of the Department of Education-Balanga City, Dr. Carolina S. Violeta thanked all volunteers and donors who would join hands for one full week.
Some of Balanga’s public schools were contenders in DepED’s Best Brigada Award. Balanga’s entry to the Best Brigada Award were Tortugas Elementary School, Tenejero Elementary School, Cupang Elementary School, Balanga Elementary School, and the City of Balanga National High School.
Schools Receive Full Support
Mayor Garcia vowed to support all public schools in Balanga. While public schools are encouraged to provide for their own rehabilitation needs, they could directly ask from the city government in case of pressing needs.
“Kung mayroon pa pong kulang o mga pangangailangan, lumapit lang po kayo sa amin sa city government sa pamamagitan ng iyong mga school heads at agad po naming ipa-process ang inyong mga requests,” said Mayor Garcia.
After the Brigada Eskwela launching ceremony at the BNHS, Mayor Garcia inspected Tortugas Elementary School. He confirmed that Tortugas Elementary School’s covered court would be painted as part of its renovation.
Aside from infrastructural rehabilitation, this year’s Brigada Eskwela also focused on providing students and parents with knowledge about health and sanitation. City Health Officer Dr. Mariano Antonio Banzon and City Veterinarian Dr. Billy Samson discussed proper animal care to avoid the spread of rabies. |Arli Joshua Atienza