Support for Brigada Eskwela sought

THE Department of Education (DepEd) on Monday launched the Brigada Eskwela campaign to prepare schools for the opening of classes on August 22.

After two years without leading the Brigada Eskwela for on-site school repairs and reconstruction, DepEd has requested assistance from the national government and other sectors to help beautify and repair schools, especially those damaged by typhoon “Odette” last December and the recent earthquake in Abra.

At the launch of Brigada Eskwela at the Imus Pilot Elementary School in Imus, Cavite, Vice President and Education Secretary Sara Duterte-Carpio said more than 18 billion pesos were needed to deal with the devastation calamities suffered by the education sector over the past two years. years.

This does not include the 1.4 billion pesos needed to repair and rebuild classrooms damaged by the recent earthquake.

“At the moment we are looking for temporary learning spaces but with the budget we have this might not be enough. schools affected,” DepEd spokesman Michael Poa said during a press briefing.

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Education Undersecretary for Legislative Affairs and International Cooperation Gerard Chan said that in addition to repairing school facilities and equipment through Brigada Eskwela, DepEd also welcomes partnerships with the private sector and local government units.

The department has also launched Brigada Eskwela Plus, which aims to boost enrolment, reduce dropout rates and encourage participation in DepEd programs, and Brigada Pagbaba, which aims to provide after-school literacy activities to learners, especially those in kindergarten through 4th grade.

“Collaboration between parents, teachers, local governments and the wider community of Brigada Eskwela opens up deeper and more meaningful collaborations even until the end of the school year,” said Duterte-Carpio.

Chan noted that DepEd will continue to fund the Education Services Contract Program (ESC) and the High School Voucher Program (SHS VP) so that it can subsidize public school students enrolled in private schools.

“While DepEd does not have financial support for our private schools for face-to-face tuition, it continues to provide grants for expanded access to middle and high schools through ESC and SHS VP,” he said. .

An allocation of 39.33 billion pesos has been approved in the DepEd’s proposed budget for 2023 for SHS VP and 11.05 billion pesos for ESC, Chan said.

A record 11.66 million students have registered for this school year as of August 1.

Poa said the DepEd could still meet its enrollment goal of 28.6 million due to the promising turnout.

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