A May 13, 2012 press release from the Department of Education
To emphasize on the importance of school sanitation and hygiene, one of the major thrusts of the 2012 Brigada Eskwela or National Schools Maintenance Week is the improvement of toilets and wash facilities.
Secretary of Education Armin A. Luistro said when schools promote hygiene; they also help develop learners who are conscious of their own health and personal wellbeing.
“Our thrust in this year’s Brigada Eskwela is on school sanitation because it is also where personal hygiene is reinforced among our students which can, in turn, help develop their self-esteem,” Luistro added.
The DepEd also enjoined the Brigada Eskwela participants to help improve the schools of indigenous communities. “As one of the underserved sectors, the schools catering to IPs [indigenous peoples] should be a priority in the repair and cleanup activities,” Luistro explained.
Brigada Eskwela mobilizes parents, teachers, students, civic and business groups, local government units, non-government units and other community residents in repairing and sprucing up schools two weeks before the opening of classes in June.
Brigada Eskwela does not accept cash donations. It instead urges participants to donate construction and cleaning materials or serve as volunteers.
Brigada Eskwela enjoin participants to donate construction and cleaning materials or serve as volunteers. It does not accept cash donations. To date, it has generated an equivalent amount of over P2 billion from donations in kind and man-hours spent in school repairs, which would have otherwise been taken from the maintenance and other operating expenses (MOOE) of public schools.
This year’s Brigada is slated from May 21 to 26. The annual school maintenance program enjoins education stakeholders to contribute their time, efforts, and resources for the repair work. The goal is to ensure that public schools are ready to receive students when school opens.
Based on DepEd Memo No. 56 series of 2012, the DepEd-wide activity will start with a motorcade from the Central Office in Pasig at 6 a.m. en route to the public school where the cleanup drive will officially lick-off.
Brigada is 100 percent participated in by all 45,000 public elementary and secondary schools nationwide.