Over the years, Brigada Eskwela has become popular not only to Bulua National High School but in a nationwide scope. I’ve been teaching for 21 years and when I first heard about Brigada Eskwela, it was just an ordinary “Bayanihan” for me and coming to school may not be mandatory. I could solely visualize before that “Brigada Eskwela” has nothing to do with seriousness and its implementation was thought to be non-goal driven.
Today, Brigada Eskwela is a festive occasion for parents, teachers, students, Private and Public stakeholders. All constituents will join together in the cleaning of classrooms including the school grounds and repair of school facilities. The program aims that all schools throughout Philippines will be in good condition before school year starts. This scenario brought a great impact on my teaching commitment and I started to make an action plan how to lead the Brigada Eskwela in my own classroom. A teacher is a leader and a leader is to become proactive in order to exercise full participation of the DepEd Thrusts and Programs. I would be a hypocrite on my part, if I claim to be a DepEd Teacher yet I’m not performing my role.
It is so inspiring to know that even our DepEd Secretary Br. Armin Luistro headed the launching of Brigada Eskwela annually. His call for all sectors to support the program echoed to the different agencies nationwide. The Department of Trade and Industry helped by giving guidelines on the suggested retail price of school supplies, The Department of Health will soon provide standby emergency response teams, The Department of Public Works and Highways started the repairs of roads leading to schools and installed traffic sign boards, The Department of Energy promised adequate power supply when classes resume, The Philippine National Police will strengthen its anti-criminality campaign and PAG-ASA will forecast the weather condition of the country to gear our schoolers towards readiness of calamities.
While all schools are doing their modern version of “Bayanihan”, Bulua National High School has its Caravan on the first day to call our community’s attention about the program. A veritable army of volunteers appeared during the whole week Brigada. Our goal which was to prepare our school also for the Senior High School classes was satisfactorily met. Hundreds had contributed for manual labor and hundreds had given repair materials for classrooms and furniture.
Truly, Brigada Eskwela’s goal is a call for unity. The theme which says: “Tayo Para sa Paaralang Ligtas, Maayos at Handa Mula Kindergarten to Senior High School” is actually calling the community to unite and ensure the future of our next generation. This is a great goal that everyone has to understand every time the school year will start.