Brigada Eskwela is a nationwide voluntary effort of teachers, parents, students, Brigada community members and other organizations to do minor repairs and clean-ups on their school in preparation for the start of the school year. This week long event began in 2003 as part of the Oplan Balik Eskwela Program of the Department of Education. It encourages volunteers to give out their time, effort and even donate construction materials such as paint, cement, lumber and other materials which could be used for minor repairs and building.
This year, Jacinto P. Elpa National High School, the biggest public high school in the province of Surigao del Sur, launched the Brigada Eskwela 2013. The program started on May 20 and ran until May 24. Hundreds of parents and private institutions gathered there on Monday as the Brigada Eskwela kicked off.
The theme for this year’s Brigada Eskwela is “Isang dekada ng bayanihan sa paaralan” as it marks its tenth year of practicing social and people’s empowerment. The yearly activity is a nationwide voluntary effort that brings in teachers, community helpers, parents, government agencies, local business and private sectors to clean up and to repair infrastructures and materials of all public elementary and high schools in the country.In preparation for the June class opening, the Brigada Eskwela is carried out in all public schools around the third week of May.
Mrs. Edna E. Trinidad, the school’s Office In-Charge said that every year, in May, parents troop to the school to get the report cards of their children, then, they voluntarily render service in cleaning the classrooms and the surroundings to ensure that these will be dirt-free before the students will report to school on June 3.