Public-private partnership best shown in ‘Brigada Eskwela’
The smooth implementation of the Department of Education’s “Brigada Eskwela” program here has been attributed to the close partnership forged between government and private sector.
“The cooperation and participation of every one in the program is a big help to the city as ‘Brigada Eskwela’ has truly become a community effort,” City Executive Assistant for Education Ma. Mathilde Octavio said.
Parents, school officials, private groups and individuals and other sectors actively participate in the program, she added.
“Brigada Eskwela” program or the National Schools Maintenance Week is a yearly undertaking of the DepEd. It kicked off here Monday, with A. Montes Elementary School hosting the ceremony.
From May 24 to May 28, various groups and individuals in the community are urged to help, whether financially or through other means, in preparing schools for the opening of classes on June 15.
“We are not lacking in volunteers. It has also become easier for us to solicit help (for the program),” Octavio stated.
The official said the city government is proud of the accomplishments attained through public-private partnership for she knows “it will work and will go a long way if everybody is cooperating (to put the program into action).”
She cited the success of Nabitasan Elementary School in La Paz district, which will be elevated to the DepEd’s Hall of Fame after winning for three consecutive years (since 2007) the “Best Brigada Eskwela Implementer” from among other elementary schools in the country.
The school has been recognized for the active participation of various stakeholders during the said “Brigada Eskwela” period, wherein thousands participated in the clean-up, construction, repair, and other maintenance works.
It has likewise been a recipient of P1-million worth of project given by Mayor Jerry P. Treñas for placing first in the Division of Iloilo City in the National Achievement Test. (PIO)