Tacurong City welcomed teachers and personnel from the different schools divisions all over Region 12 for the Brigada Eskwela 2019 Regional Kickoff on May 18 at the Tacurong City Cultural and Sports Center.

The event was organized through the combined efforts of LGU Tacurong and the Department of Education Region XII.

City Mayor Lina O. Montilla was present to give her full support, and she was accompanied by Dr. 
Allan Gabriel Farnazo, CESO IV, Regional Director of the Department of Education (DepEd) Region XII, and Mr. Leonardo Balala, Superintendent of the City Schools Division (CSDT) of 
Tacurong.

The kick off ceremony began with a Thanksgiving Mass at 7 o’clock in the morning followed by a 20 minute breakfast break where the CSDT provided free-flowing coffee, breads, and rice cakes.

At the program proper, Tampakan National High School was recognized for being the national winner of the 2019 Brigada Eskwela Jingle Making Contest with their entry entitled “Bayanihan”.

Furthermore, this year’s Brigada Eskwela adopted school, the San Emmanuel National High School Annex, was center of attention as they received pledges from the different schools divisions and private companies in the region.

As a result, the adoptee collected close to 300 thousand pesos worth of cash and construction materials. This collection will be used for the repair of their damaged classrooms due to the recent freak tornado that ravaged parts of the city.

After the program, the delegates joined the motorcade that ended at the adopted school in Brgy. San Emmanuel. A tree planting activity was conducted, and thereafter the delegates started the repair and clean up of the school marking the start of Brigada Eskwela.

Brigada Eskwela is a nationwide initiative of the Department of Education that mobilizes the different stakeholders of the community to volunteer their time and skills to do repairs, maintenance work, and clean-up of public elementary and secondary schools. Brigada Eskwela will end on May 25. (YMR, LGUTac-Info)