September 26, 2023

One of our beautiful archipelago’s shiny examples of bayanihan spirit or civic unity volunteerism and cooperation among Filipinos was highlighted recently in this year’s Brigada Eskwela with the theme, “Bayahinan para sa Matatag na paaralan”, spearheaded by the Department of Education led by Vice President and concurrent Sec. Sara Duterte.
Conducted from Aug. 14 to 19, the noble endeavor was done in preparation for the opening of classes in public schools on Aug. 29.
According to a DepEd press release, Brigada Eskwela is an annual nationwide school maintenance activity that engages all education stakeholders to contribute their time, effort, and resources in ensuring that public schools are prepared for the class opening.
“During the six-day event, parents, teachers, school personnel, alumni, civic groups, non-government organizations, local government units, private individuals and even students volunteer their time, skills and resources to do the cleaning, carpentry, painting, minor repair and maintenance of classrooms, electrical and masonry works, and pruning within school premises,” the release stated.
DepEd said Brigada Eskwela, launched in 2003, has been its prime mover of volunteerism or bayanihan wherein partnerships among education stakeholders from various sectors have intensified through the years to actively support public elementary and secondary schools nationwide.
Again, may this shining example of bayanihan, volunteerism, cooperation, and unity as a proud and loving people manifest itself in other aspects of our society especially now that we are being bullied by an Asian “bully” (where the deadly Covid-19 pandemic reportedly started) trying to steal what is legally and rightfully ours – the West Philippine Sea.
Now is the time to rally around our flag and show that we will not “bend the knee” against an utterly greedy and shameless aggressor.
May our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ continue to bless and keep us all safe.