By Raymund Antonio
Like any other volunteer, Vice President Leni Robredo on Tuesday lent her helping hands for this year’s Brigada Eskwela.
Little did the public know, she performed three tasks required of her: paint, clean, and repair.
Robredo, along with her staff, volunteered at the Wawa Elementary School in Navotas City, where they helped in the renovation of a classroom as part of the preparation for the June 4 opening of classes.
The Wawa Elementary School, situated near the coastline of Manila Bay, is the smallest school in the city’s second district. Because of its location, the school experiences flooding and roof leaks inside the classroom during rainy season.
Brigada Eskwela may just be an annual clean-up drive, but for Robredo, it’s more than just a school activity.
The Vice President highlighted the importance of joining the program, which is ultimately to benefit the students and their community.
“Pinapaalala sa atin na hindi lang ito iyong pagtulong ng pisikal, pero ang pinapaalala sa atin na iyong page-educate ng mga bata ay hindi lamang obligasyon ng teachers,” she said in her message before local officials and teachers.
(We are reminded that this is not only helping in the physical way, but we are reminded that educating children is not just the obligation of teachers.)
“Hindi lamang obligasyon ng paaralan pero obligasyon ito ng magulang, obligasyon ito ng community, obligasyon din ng local government unit,” she said.
(This is not only the obligation of the school but also of the parents, community, and local government unit.)
Robredo’s office mobilized around 50 volunteers to help clean and fix the public school.
Brigada Eskwela is an annual community-based program of the Department of Education that aims to promote “bayanihan” spirit and collaboration among teachers, parents, and other community members, as well as different government agencies.
Aside from the renovation of a classroom at Wawa Elementary School, Robredo said there are 35 other schools that will get assistance from her office.
The OVP will donate Brigada Eskwela packages amounting to P100,000 to different schools nationwide.It also solicited assistance from its Angat Buhay partners worth half a million pesos for school beneficiaries.