144 Schools' Community Works Cited

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MANILA, Philippines - A total of 144 public schools were commended by the Department of Education (DepEd) on Friday for exemplary performance in mobilizing community participation for the Brigada Eskwela (BE), an annual pre-school opening maintenance activity. More than 700 participants, composed of local government units' key officials, Adopt-A-School Program regional and division coordinators, BE coordinators, parent-teachers association presidents, and private sector partners gathered at the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) Assembly Hall in Manila to cite exemplary schools that mobilized community involvement in this year's BE. Luistro gave the award together with BSP Monetary Board member Felipe Medalla and DepEd Assistant Secretary Reynaldo Laguda. Education Secretary Armin Luistro said the program is an example of how various sectors of the community become one under the banner of education. "I believe that when it comes to education, people are naturally moved to work as one," Luistro said. "This gathering is a celebration of modern day bayanihan, a noble sharing of the same vision of providing school children better learning environment," he added. Brigada Eskwela is a school maintenance program that engages education stakeholders both in government and private sector to contribute their time, resources and efforts to spruce up public schools before class opening. "This year, Brigada Eskwela generated over P1 billion worth of repair, construction and maintenance support, as well as volunteer services," Luistro said. Based on performance monitoring and evaluation of 45,625 public schools nationwide, some 144 schools were identified as Best School Implementers of BE this year. …