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Support, commitments pour in for Brigada 2023

ROXAS CITY, Capiz (PIA) -- Various education stakeholders conveyed their support and commitment for the School Maintenance Week or Brigada Eskwela 2023 from Aug. 14 to 19, 2023 in the various public schools in the province.

Department of Education Superintendents Dr. Roel F. Bermejo and Dr. Miguel Mac Aposin of the Schools Division Offices of Roxas City and Capiz, respectively, led the division kick off of the Brigada Eskwela ahead of the week-long campaign which will bring together education stakeholders to participate and contribute their time, effort, and resources to prepare public school facilities for the opening of the school year.

“To the men and women of the DepEd, hold on to our words, my word as representative of the parents. We will do our share, we will not only support but we will cooperate and deliver as expected,” said Division Federated Parents Teachers Association (PTA) president lawyer Rexter C. Tupaz.

The SDO Capiz kick off in the gym of Capiz National High School (CNHS) here, was graced by DepEd Central Office Project Development Officer and Capiceno Rolly V. Soriano.

“I have a clear instruction from Gov. Fredenil H. Castro to let Dr. Aposin know that you have his love, admiration and support,” said Capiz provincial government Public Information Officer lawyer Luvim Amores during the program.

The commitment was supported by Capiz vice-governor Jaime O. Magbanua and Sangguniang Panlalawigan Committee on Education chair Thea Faith Reyes.

The provincial government maintains thousands of scholars, provides incentives for student athletes and allocates fund for school-based projects aimed to improve the delivery of an inclusive quality educations services for all.

“We are so lucky that Gov. Castro’s priority is education and health,” Reyes stressed, adding that a lot of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) projects were constructed in public schools provincewide through the Local School Board.

She is an alumna of CNHS and the school’s batch valedictorian.

During the division kick off of SDO Roxas City at Don Ynocencio A. Del Rosario National High School in Brgy. Dayao, here, the Rotary Club of Roxas has also committed to support the Brigada Eskwela through its ongoing “big ticket” projects in public schools.

Rotary Club Roxas Past President Mark Ortiz said that the organization is waiting for success stories out of its funded and facilitated projects like school buildings and capacity development for teachers, among others.

The other stakeholders like China Bank Savings, With Love Foundation, City Savings Bank, Child Initiative, Eastwest 

Rural Bank and the Manila Teachers Mutual Aid System, Inc., among others, also expressed their support towards a quality learning environment in public schools.

For his part, Dr. Bermejo noted that the Roxas City government thru its local school board has allocated a budget for the feeding program on top of the DepEd’s supplemental feeding initiative to ensure proper nutrition of school-aged children.

“Education is everybody’s responsibility and we are glad that a sense of community is felt in Roxas City as our LGU officials, parents, and employees as officials of the private sector, non-government organizations, foundations are helping to ensure that each public school pupil will receive a quality education through our support,” he added. (AGP/AAL/PIA Capiz)

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