“Lesson one on day one.”

This is the order of Superintendent Romelito Flores of the City Schools Division of Tacurong (CSDT) to all public school teachers during the kick-off program of Brigada Eskwela in the City on May 30, 2016.

To make this happen, CSDT had called for the support of various sectors to join Brigada Eskwela.

“That is why we are here; everyone here is willing to exert effort and extend resources to make our schools ready and clean on day one,” stated Mayor Lina O. Montilla.

Aside from the City Government, Tacurong City Police Station, Taskforce Talakudong, LGU Tacurong Employees headed by Mayor Montilla, Ford Ranger Philippines – Mindanao, National Food Authority, and other national line agencies came to express their support.

Flores emphasized that nobody should be cleaning during the time of class period. “Walang mag papalinis o magpapatangal ng mga gamit; dapat ang guro at mga mag-aaral ay nasa loob ng classroom at nagkakaroon ng lessons,” added Flores.

Tacurong City started its Brigada Eskwela 2016 with a caravan from Maria A. Montilla Elementary School in Barangay EJC Montilla. The convoy also visited Tacurong City National High School and Tacurong Pilot Elementary School before ending it in Virginia F. Griño Memorial National High School where the kick-off program was held.

The stakeholders’ signing of the pledge of commitment to sustain Brigada Eskwela highlighted the programs.

During the program, Buenaflor Elementary School received one unit refurbished desktop computer from the Philippine Public School Teachers Association of Tacurong City.

Brigada Eskwela, also known as the Bayanihan Para Sa Paaralan, is a nationwide voluntary effort of teachers, parents, students, community members, and other organizations to do minor repairs and clean-ups on their schools in preparation for the start of the school year. (Paul Aque&Jez Billano-Fabreag, LGU Tacurong City Information)