The North Vista

Brigada Eskwela 2017

by @SiRVis


A travel journal that will give you a pleasant view of people, places, food, culture, history and events from a refreshing perspective

ONE of the most beautiful sights when you travel is seeing the spirit of bayanihan which is still very much alive in these modern times. The spirit of communal unity, work and cooperation to achieve a particular goal is a Filipino trait that we should all celebrate.

Every year, the DepEd calls on local government units, companies, civic groups, and volunteers to help fix up school buildings during the week-long campaign of the Brigada Eskwela. This annual bayanihan program aims to bring national together nationwide voluntary efforts and contributions for the public schools’ maintenance.

For several years now, I’ve been part of the Brigada Eskwela program in the different public schools in Dagupan and Calasiao either as an individual or part of an organization. Together with the Rotary Club of Dagupan East, I experienced donating ceiling fans to Malued Elementary School and classroom building materials to perennial flood prone Talibaew Elementary School in Calasiao some years ago. In 2014, #TeamWhatsUpDagupan together with Region 1 beauty queens Cynthia Caldona and Kashmir Hernaez went to Salapingao Elementary School to give gallons of paint and other classroom materials (which I outsourced from generous Facebook friends) and cleaned and painted several classroom walls. Last year, I chose my barangay’s Pantal Elementary School as adopted school and beneficiary. We were able to give paint, roofing and fencing materials as well as paint the school building walls. This year, we will go back to Pantal Elementary School to do paint the walls again and plant some flowering plants in the school garden.

#TeamWhatsUpDagupan will be joined by international beauty queen Miss Diamond of the World 2016 Christine Joy Picardal and members of the JCI Dagupan Bangus led by their president Vijay Vasandani. Local companies like HRC Dagupan, Print2Go, and Metro Primeland have extended their helping hands. Judge Jose de Venecia Sr Memorial National High School in Bolosan, Dagupan City will also be a beneficiary of the #TeamWhatsUpDagupan’s Brigada Eskwela efforts through the help of Bread House Café + Bakery who will provide snacks for the volunteers and teachers.

There are many ways to be a part of Brigada Eskwela and you can do it the whole year round. You can clean classrooms and school surroundings. You can also help paint the classrooms, tables, and chairs. You can volunteer whatever services you can offer – cooking, carrying things, writing, creating awareness and encouraging others to help. It doesn’t have to be “grand” or expensive. Just reach out your hand and help your local community school.

With this, I’m leaving a favorite volunteerism quote from Oscar Wilde here: “The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the grandest intention.”

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