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PLDT powers DepEd’s 16th Brigada Eskwela kick-off activities

by Katrina A. Mallari | May 28, 2019
PLDT supports DepEd’s 16th Brigada EskwelaStanding 4th and 5th from left, respectively, are DepEd Undersecretary for Legislative Affairs, External Partnerships and Project Management Service Tonisito M.C. Umali, Esq. and PLDT ComRel Division Head Katherine P. Diaz De Rivera. Also in photo are the PLDT employee-volunteers.

PLDT recently provided high-speed Internet connectivity to the Department of Education’s (DepEd) 16th Brigada Eskwela launch activities in two different venues: the Town Plaza in Alfonso, Cavite during the kick-off program and caravan, and the Alfonso Central School where the press briefing was conducted.

“Brigada Eskwela is more than just about painting or cleaning schools in preparation for the return of the children,” said DepEd Secretary Leonor Briones. “It’s also a matter of seeing to it that we provide them the requisites of learners and the requisites of a good learning environment, namely, safe schools, supplies, furniture, equipment, and good teachers,” she added.

This year’s theme, “Matatag na Bayan para sa Maunlad na Paaralan,” reflects how DepEd recognizes the importance of the community in making schools the best place for learners to acquire the values and competencies they need to contribute to nation-building.

PLDT's Katherine Diaz De Rivera, along with some PLDT employee-volunteers, paints some student chairs as part of its support to the Brigada Eskwela Program.
Diaz De Rivera, along with some PLDT employee-volunteers, paints some student chairs as part of its support to the Brigada Eskwela Program.

Also known as the National Schools Maintenance Week, Brigada Eskwela is escalating its implementation to maintain its success and go beyond the expected outcomes with the help of its partners. 

“In our continuous pursuit of providing more quality education to our youth, we are privileged to once again be part of DepEd’s Brigada Eskwela. As we forge stronger partnerships, we keep alive the true essence of unity that instills in each one the spirit of volunteerism,” said PLDT Community Relations (ComRel) Division Head Katherine P. Diaz De Rivera. 

Through the years, PLDT has continuously supported the Brigada Eskwela program. This year, the company donated bags of cement and various cleaning materials to Pansin Elementary School in Alfonso, Cavite at the kick-off program and caravan. PLDT ComRel, along with its employee-volunteers from PLDT offices in Manila, Cavite, Laguna and Batangas, painted student chairs and spruced up classrooms. 

PLDT donates bags of cement and various cleaning materials to Pansin Elementary School in Alfonso, Cavite. Seen in photo is PLDT's Katherine Diaz De Rivera turning over the donation to Pansin Elementary School Principal Odilon Ocampo.
PLDT donates bags of cement and various cleaning materials to Pansin Elementary School in Alfonso, Cavite. Seen in photo is Diaz De Rivera turning over the donation to Pansin Elementary School Principal Odilon Ocampo.

Cleaning and painting materials, as well as first aid kits were also provided by PLDT ComRel to various schools in Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. 

First established in 2003 as a voluntary effort, Brigada Eskwela has become one of DepEd’s most important programs which aims to address resource gaps faced by the Department by strengthening partnerships with the local communities.

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