LINGAYEN—Pangasinan schools have responded positively to the Department of Education’s Project Bridgada Marawi which seeks to rehabilitate and clean the premises of damaged school buildings in Marawi City as a result of the fighting between government forces and Maute terrorists that is still going on in that city.
Education Assistant Secretary Tomasino Umali confirmed the response as he renewed the call on Pangasinenses to continue to support the program “Brigada Marawi’ of the Department of Educafion (DepEd),
Umali explained during a special edition of the KBP Forum at the President’s Hotel here Thursday morning that the program is similar to the ‘Brigada Eskwela’ being done yearly by DepEd throughout the country to prepare all public schools for pupils and students going back to school.
The program was conceived by Education Secretary Leonor Briones who named Undersecretary Alain Pascua as focal person in charge of the project.
Umali was happy that Pangasinan I School Division headed by Superintendent Marilou Cardenas is so far the biggest donor to the ‘Brigada Marawi’ as reported to him by Region 1 DepEd Director Alma Ruby Torio.
Torio said there are already 10,000 learning kits pooled by her office to be sent to Marawi under the project. These include bags containing notebooks, paper pads, ball pens, pencils, folders and others, all coming from various school divisions.
Umali said the collection of materials to be used in the Brigada Marawi has already started but the actual reconstruction of damaged school buildings in Marawi City will start as soon as the military has given the go-signal that southern city is already completely freed of terrorists.
He said there are 69 public school buildings all over Marawi City that need to be rehabilitated, 10 of which were totally and partially destroyed.
Records showed there were 27, 673 learners from kindergarten to senior high school who were displaced and relocated to various public schools away from the fighting, at least 37 of whom were enrolled and are now studying in Region 1. (Leonardo Micua)