This year’s beneficiary of the Brigada Eskwela of the Visayan Electric Company (VECO) is the Balud Elementary School in San Fernando town, southern Cebu.
School prinicipal Jonathan Bolo is thankful that VECO is helping them restore their one-storey three-classroom building that has been there for more than four decades.
“Balud Elementary School is grateful to VECO for we are very lucky to be chosen as one of their recipients in their Adopt-A-School program for Brigada Eskwela. This program has made each of the three classrooms of our school a conducive learning environment,” Bolo said.
About 90 VECO employees including their dependents have signed up for Department of Education’s Brigada Eskwela or National Schools Maintenance Week this May 21 at the said school. This includes the different department heads.
“We designed all our CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) programs to have families involved in every activity. We believe that the family can boost camaraderie among our employees,” VECO Community Relations Officer Eric Ching said. Family involvement has always been a target of the company in activities. However, VECO has given it more push since last year.
Loaded with brushes, buckets of paint, brooms and hammers, they will repair, repaint and clean the classrooms to prepare them for the coming school year.
VECO is spending at least P120,000 to help refurbish the three-classroom school building of Balud Elementary School. Grades 4 to 5 students will occupy these once classes start in June.
“We will also replace the jalousies of the classrooms and repaint them,” Ching shared.
The Brigada Eskwela activity will run for four hours. It will start at 8 in the morning and end by 12 noon.
Balud Elementary School is the sixth school beneficiary of VECO under the Brigada Eskwela program. VECO started joining the activity last 2010.
The school is also a recipient of two other programs of VECO. The Rewiring Project that entails the changing of all the wires and light bulbs for safety, and the Library Kit Program where bookshelves and books are provided for the students to help and encourage them in their studies.
DepEd’s Brigada Eskwela program, which began in 2003, brings together teachers, parents, and community members every third week of May to work in repairing and preparing public schools for the school opening.