MANILA A total of 400 personnel from the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) were deployed to 20 public schools in Metro Manila for the start of the Brigada Eskwela on Monday, in preparation for the opening of classes in June.
In a statement, MMDA Chairman Danilo Lim said the 400 personnel were from the agency's Metro Parkways Clearing Group (MPCG).
The spirit of bayanihan is very much alive in this activity. Our personnel are more than ready to extend assistance to public schools that requested our assistance for a safe, clean and conducive learning environment for the incoming students, Lim said.
For his part, MPCG Chief Francis Martinez said a minimum of 15 personnel are assigned to each requesting public school.
They will be involved in cleaning up school grounds; doing carpentry works; repairing and repainting of walls, ceilings, corridors, and other fixtures; trimming of trees; providing plants; removing dried leaves from clogged drains; and repainting of pedestrian lane markings, depending on the request of the school authorities.
Dust pans made from recycled oil tins will also be donated to several public schools in the metropolis.
Some of the schools that will be cleaned up by the MMDA are Palanan Elementary School and Bangkal High School in Makati City; Panghulo National High School and Concepcion Technical Vocational School in Malabon City; Timoteo Paez Elementary School and Pasay City National High School in Pasay City; Juan Luna Elementary School and Antonio Maceda Integrated School in Manila City; Sto. Cristo Elementary School and Holy Spirit National High School Annex in Quezon City.
The Brigada Eskwela is a week-long annual schools maintenance program of the Department of Education that aims to bring together teachers, parents, community members and stakeholders for clean-up and maintenance works in public elementary and secondary schools. (PNA)
Source: Philippines News Agency