November 30, 2023

Twenty-five elementary and secondary public schools in Baguio City were assisted by personnel of the Baguio City Police Station (BCPO) and the Public Order and Safety Division (POSD) of the City Mayor’s Office during the Brigada Eskwela 2023.

School building and equipment repairs and cleanup activities were held simultaneously from Aug. 14 to 18 by BCPO and POSD together with school personnel, parents, and volunteers.

Out of the 67 public elementary schools and secondary schools in the city, 17 elementary and eight secondary schools were aided during the first five days of Brigada Eskwela.

Elementary schools include the Doña Aurora Elementary School (ES) in Lopez Jaena, Aurora Hill; Jose P. Laurel ES at Upper Dagsian; Kias ES; Manuel Roxas ES; Lindawan ES in Lucnab; Gibraltar ES; Baguio Central School; Don Mariano Marcos ES in Upper Brookside; Irisan ES; Fort del Pilar ES; Josefa Cariño ES; Lucban ES; Rizal ES-Extension in Liteng, Pacdal; Doña Nicasia ES in West Modernsite; Springhills ES in Loakan Apugan; Rizal ES-Gibraltar; and the Baguio City Special Education Center along Military Cut-off.

For the secondary schools, assisted were the Baguio City National High School (NHS); Pines City NHS; Rizal NHS; Roxas NHS; Baguio City NHS; Sto. Tomas NHS; Happy Hallow NHS; and Hillside High School.

Brigada Eskwela volunteers cleaned the drainages and roof gutter, trimmed tree branches, hauled chairs and tables, flattened land, cleaned classrooms, repainted roofs, and restored ceilings, among other things.

Tables and chairs were likewise repainted including hauling of cabinets and laboratory equipment from one building to another as requested by teachers in charge.

At the Gibraltar ES, welding and fabrication works were requested including the installation of canopy for the parts of the school’s walkway that remain unprotected from the elements.

Mayor Benjamin Magalong extended his appreciation to all the volunteers for responding to the needs of public schools in the city.

The Department of Education recently announced the opening of classes for school year 2023-2024 in all public schools will be on Aug. 29. – Jessa Mardy P. Samidan