The 7th Civil Relations Group announced that many non-government organizations (NGOs) will be joining in this year's "Brigada Eskwela" which is slated to begin May 19 to 23.
Lt. Col. Harold Cabunoc, the unit commander, said that several non-government organizations have expressed their intention to help in the annual activity.
“We are very happy to announce that the government is getting more support from various partners in this noble mission of preparing the public school facilities prior to the class opening in June. Through the Armed Forces of the
Wo Rosete, Smart Communications media relations officer, said that their company strongly supports "Brigada Eskwela".
He added that their support to the project began in 2009.
He said that he and some of his staff will personally participate in the maintenance and repair works of
“I am very proud to represent my company in this annual event. This is also part of our advocacy to engage communities and help solve common problems,” Rosete said.
Dulce Gamboa, Talima Foundation president, has supported "Brigada Eskwela" for several years now.
She said that she has advocated volunteerism not only within the family but also among her circle of friends.
“It is heartwarming to help and give something back to the community. I am very happy that I have successfully spread the volunteerism virus within my family especially to my young daughter who is actively participating in community outreach programs like this,” she said.
Carlo Claudio, Rotary Club of Makati-Pasong Tamo president, has organized volunteers from his own club.
“True to our motto, it is service above self. To support the 'Brigada Eskwela', I and my fellow Rotarians will leave our respective offices to give back to our communities,” Claudio, who also carried out a relief mission to help victims in 'Yolanda'-affected areas in November 2013, said.
Cabunoc said that the AFP regularly deploys soldiers to augment the multi-sectoral volunteers for the "Brigada Eskwela".
“As part of the AFP unit in the NCR, the 7th CRG is working under the direction of the Joint Task Force-NCR in providing skilled personnel for specific tasks such as repainting, repairing, and cleaning public school facilities nationwide. For five days, our soldiers will abandon the traditional weapons of war and will engage in a different battle using hammers, paint rollers and soft brooms,” said Cabunoc, whose unit co-organized the painting of the world’s longest peace mural.