By: MAJ JOEL R JUGARAP (INF) PA
“Getting our schools ready for the start of classes in June requires a lot of manpower. Every Filipino can contribute in helping create clean and resilient learning environments for our learners,” DepEd Secretary Armin Luistro said. (http://www.philstar.com/campus/2014/05/19/1324893/ deped-kicks-brigada-eskwela-program-nationwide)
he Presidential Security Group’s (PSG’s) participation in the nationwide Brigada Eskwela Campaign of the Department of Education opened a door of opportunity to reach out to the community.
In the afternoon of 20 May, 2014, the Faculty and Staff of the Gen Gregorio Del Pilar Elementary School were genuinely astounded. The arrival of the PSG Troopers clad in Urban Camouflage Uniform was at first mistakenly understood that the President of the Philippines would come to visit their school. This caused a bit of commotion. However, the cleaning paraphernalia and gallons of paints we had in hand soon cleared the confusion: we were there in response to the school’s invitation, to help in the Brigada Eskwela activities. Without much ado, the troopers were then deployed to different classrooms, and with the supervision of the teachers, soon got their hands full with room cleaning, rearranging, and painting. Aside from working with the parents and teachers, the troopers also had the opportunity to work with DPWH representatives who also came to the school that day to offer their services.
Truly, in an effort to prepare schools for the opening of classes, Brigada Eskwela creates a working pool of teachers, parents, students, school officials, community volunteers, and private and government organizations brought together not by chance but by the willingness to contribute a little of time, effort and resources to show somehow that the education of the young is always top priority. In a sense, This also gives us PSG Troopers the humble opportunity to heed and support the President’s endorsement of this program. Our participation in this endeavor also shows that the PSG does not only limit its existence for the sole purpose of serving and protecting the President of the Republic of the Philippines but also in a little way, extends its services to his constituents by getting involved in CMO outreach programs like the Brigada Eskwela. Thus, our PSG Commander, COMMODORE RAUL R UBANDO AFP, personally instructed us to participate in this yearly activity.
In coordination with other stakeholders of this campaign, the PSG, through its CMO, plans to reach out to more schools in the future in order to render its services for a worthwhile educational endeavor and foster good relations with school communities, teachers, parents, and students.