Continuing its advocacy for equal learning opportunities, PLDT Gabay Guro participated anew in this year’s Brigada Eskwela. Implemented by the Department of Education (DepEd), the Brigada Eskwela is an avenue for the government, private sectors, and citizens alike to empower the youth through quality education by raising the country’s spirit of volunteerism – also known as the Bayanihan spirit.
Hope after chaos
In late 2016, Catanduanes, known as the “Land of the Howling Winds”, was devastated by the occurrence of Typhoon Nina. One of the schools that was severely affected was Juan M. Alberto Memorial Elementary School (JMAMES). Buried deep within the pile of chaos and loss, the building where JMAMES once stood seemed indistinguishable.
But the people of Catanduanes exhibited a spirit of resiliency. Ruth Sorrera, principal of JMAMES, deeply expressed her gratitude to PLDT Gabay Guro for their kindness and generosity as they bring hope to their humble institution in their hometown of Catanduanes.
“On behalf of Juan M. Alberto Memorial Elementary School, we are so very thankful and grateful for this assistance given to us. Ang magiging recipient po nito ay ang aming mga school children. So thank you so much sa PLDT at sa DepEd because of this. Malaking tulong po ito sa amin,” Sorrera said.
Sorrera, along with her colleagues from JMAMES as well as some representatives from DepEd, also received 122 bags and 230 shirts from the Asian Carrier Conference (ACC). These simple act of kindness can go a long way – ultimately becoming a hopeful reminder that there are better days ahead.
A brighter future
For two consecutive years, JMAMES has won the Best Implementation Award from the Brigada Eskwela Program. The award is given to a school whose implementation plan reflects the excellent partnership among the government, private institutions, and the school. It’s an award that best exhibits the Filipino spirit of Bayanihan.
Sorrera also shared her plans in repairing and rehabilitating the classrooms, which were greatly damaged by Typhoon Nina. She narrated the devastating event – recounting the unforgettable sight of destroyed buildings and resources. With a humble heart, she looks forward to brighter days ahead – thanks to Brigada Eskwela and PLDT Gabay Guro headed by its Chairperson and PLDT Group Comptroller and SVP Chaye Cabal-Revilla.