As the country rises to the challenge amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the camaraderie among government agencies and private organizations has not wavered.
The Department of Education once again called for support from stakeholders for the joint Brigada Eskwela and Oplan Balik Eskwela initiatives that will run until August 29.
Guided by the Aboitiz Group’s purpose to drive change for a better world, City Savings Bank (CitySavings) has pledged its support to DepEd under the government’s Basic Education – Learning Continuity Plan (BE-LCP).
Under the new framework, the traditional concept of Brigada Eskwela which involves physical cleaning, painting, and minor repairs of school facilities will no longer happen. Instead, the first-ever virtual kickoff of Brigada Eskwela was held on June 1 where Education Undersecretary Tonisito Umali gave further details about the initiative.
“The activities shall highlight partnership initiatives that complement DepEd’s efforts to ensure that quality basic education will continue despite the challenges posed by COVID-19, and to implement the BE-LCP,” Umali said.
The partnership activities with stakeholders include disinfection of schools, mobilization of essential items, psychological first aid sessions/psycho-social interventions, DepEd’s learning continuity plan orientation activities with partners and the PTA, distance learning, gulayan sa paaralan/tahanan, other school-based initiatives, and partnership appreciation.
CitySavings initially donated safety and sanitation essentials such as alcohol, sanitizers, disinfectants, face masks, gloves, and thermal scanners which will benefit regional and division offices, and selected schools nationwide. The bank is also currently coordinating with DepEd to address other needs in preparation for the opening of classes on August 24.
“Everyone's main concern now is safety. The donation from City Savings Bank is a big help for the Region to help fight against COVID-19. We are happy to engage with CitySavings as we prepare our teachers, learners, and schools for the new normal,” said DepEd Eastern Visayas Regional Director Ramir Uytico.
CitySavings President and CEO Lorenzo Ocampo commended DepEd for its bold and innovative response to the pandemic.
“As with Brigada Eskwela, CitySavings will support this learning continuity plan that ensures the well-being of teachers and students in this challenging time, and with you, we look forward to better times ahead,” Ocampo added.