June 5, start of classes in public schools: DepEd

SAN FERNANDO CITY – The Department of Education announced that classes in all public schools will officially start on June 5.

To prepare for the opening of classes, the simultaneous Brigada Eskwela kicked off on May 15 and conducted until May 20.

Cesar Bucsit, chief of Public Affairs Unit of DepEd Region 1 said. that although Brigada Eskwela is an annual school maintenance activity, they want to emphasize that school maintenance is yearlong, thus Oplan Brigada Plus was launched.

“We commend the participation and contribution of the parents and even the teachers who play a big role during the conduct of Brigada Eskwela,” Bucsit added.

Meanwhile, DepEd Secretary Leonor Briones in a message said: “In my day, it was only our teachers who supervised the cleaning of classrooms. All of us, the students, sweep and scrub out our desks. Now, with Brigada Eskwela, we enjoin private partners, the LGUs, other government agencies, parents, and other stakeholders to take part in preparing our schools for the opening of classes. This is the core of community engagement; working together for a bright future, because education is not just the business of DepEd alone, it is a community effort.”

School safety and preparedness guide including school disaster management is given priority through the following: assessing of school electrical installation system, clearing up of drainage, defined evacuation plans, much-needed repairs, clearing up of corridors and pathways for safety exit in time of emergencies.

The theme for this year’s Brigada Eskwela: “Isang DepEd. Isang Pamayanan. Isang Bayanihan para sa isang Handa at Ligtas na Paaralan”.

Bucsit also announced that outstanding school implementers of Brigada Eskwela in the provincial and regional categories, both for elementary and secondary level, will be recognized in a search that is annually undertaken by DepEd.