DepEd kicks off 2019 ‘Brigada Eskwela’ in Cavite

Robie de Guzman   •   May 16, 2019   •   2989

The Department of Education (DepEd) on Thursday (May 16) launched the national kick-off and caravan of the 2019 Brigada Eskwela in Alfonso, Cavite.

With this year’s theme, “Matatag na Bayan Para sa Maunlad na Paaralan,” DepEd officials led the kick-off ceremony and caravan of the 16th “Brigada Eskwela” at the Alfonso Central School. They were joined by some teachers, students and parents for the cleaning of school chairs, desks and other facilities.

After a short program at the Alfonso Central School, DepEd officials next headed to the Pansin Elementary School in Barangay Lucsuhin Ibaba to conduct more cleaning and repair works.

“We, as a community can join our hands so that we can address the needs because if we con’t volunteer ourselves to be of service to others, it will be difficult for the schools to attain our goals,” said Odilon Ocampo, principal of Pansin Elementary School as he expressed his gratitude for the effort.

He also thanked DepEd for opening 24 new classrooms in their school that would help eliminate any need for scheduling shifting of classes.

“Brigada Eskwela” is the National Schools Maintenance Week devoted to preparing classrooms and other school facilities for the opening of the school year, which in 2019 to 2020, will begin on June 3.

READ: School opening stays on June 3 – DepEd

The “Brigada Eskwela” will run from May 20 to 25, according to DepEd memorandum no. 036.

DepEd Undersecretary Tonisito Umali reminded the public that students, as well as their parents, are not obliged to join the program for them to remain enrolled in a particular school.

Umali also emphasized that no fee shall be solicited from volunteers participating in the program.

“When there is Brigada Eskwela, collecting cash is prohibited. Obligating parents is prohibited. This must not be among the conditions for a student to remain enrolled,” he said. (with details from Benedict Samson)

Duterte supports DepEd’s ‘blended’ and ‘distance learning’ solutions

Marje Pelayo   •   May 29, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte has agreed with the plan of the Department of Education (DepEd) on how the classes will be held come August amid the prevailing risks of coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Secretay Leonor Briones, during a meeting with the President on Thursday (May 28) presented the DepEd’s proposed solutions namely the ’blended’ and ‘distance learning’ systems wherein classes will be held on digital modes such as the use of Internet, television programs and radio broadcast.

Also, the Department intends to use printed materials in areas without Internet access and where students do not have personal gadgets specifically in remote barangays and localities. 

In response, the President vowed to find additional sources of funds to support this plan. 

“I’m impressed with the simplicity of the program. And I believe that all that you have said is really feasible, radio if television is not available and all of these things. I believe you have a very workable program. I support you,” the President told Briones.

Despite his disagreement with face-to-face classes until a vaccine is discovered, the President made it clear that he agrees with alternative learning for students. 

Thus, remote enrollment will push through from June 1 to 30 and classes will open in August as planned.

Given the current situation, the President appeals to school administrations to be considerate and apply a staggered payment scheme for the students’ tuition. 

He added that parents who are struggling to pay the tuition of their children may opt to apply for loan from Landbank of the Philippines. 

“And for those who have really nothing to come up for the tuition payment, we have the Landbank and kindly listen to rules. We will open the Landbank and you can borrow money to finance the education of your children,” the President said. MNP (with reports from Rosalie Coz)

No opening of classes sans COVID-19 vaccine — Duterte

Marje Pelayo   •   May 26, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte maintained that he is not allowing the opening of classes unless an effective vaccine for coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is discovered.

“I will not allow the opening of classes na dikit-dikit ang mga bata. Bahala na (kung) hindi na makatapos for this generation. Wala nang aral, laro na lang,” the President said adding that he’s most concerned about the safety of the students.

“Unless I am sure that they are really safe, it’s useless to talk about opening of classes. Para sa akin bakuna muna. Kapag nandiyan ang bakuna, okay lang,” he stressed.

Nonetheless, the President is optimistic that a vaccine against COVID-19 will be discovered before the year 2020 ends. 

This is the President’s position following the Department of Education’s (DepEd) announcement on the opening of classes on August 24.

READ: DepEd: Parents may enroll online starting June 1

The Department, also, announced the start of the enrollment process on June 1, though it encouraged parents to register their children online or through e-mail or phone calls to maintain social distancing measures in view of the risks of COVID-19 infection. MNP (with inputs from Rosalie Coz)

LOOK: Deped’s proposed class seat arrangement for possible face-to-face learning

Aileen Cerrudo   •   May 25, 2020

The Department of Education (Deped) has proposed classroom seating arrangements in case face-to-face learning will be implemented for the upcoming school year.

In a post, Deped reiterated there will be no face-to-face learning unless it is safe for students to go out. However, as part of their preparations for the opening of classes, they proposed a seating arrangement that will still adhere to social distancing.

Deped showed layouts for classrooms with armchairs and classrooms with tables and chairs. Both have a 1-meter distance to observe proper social distancing. AAC

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