Armed not with guns and bullets but with working tools and cleaning paraphernalia. Driven not by the hunger to win in combat but the desire to be of help particularly to Filipino children, Army soldiers embarked into a tasking yet fulfilling job and shared the advocacy of making education a priority in every community.
In the spirit of volunteerism, the Philippine Army actively participated in the Department of Education (DepEd)’s National School Maintenance Week (NSMW) also known as “Brigada Eskwela”, which started on May 24.
Brigada Eskwela is a nationwide initiative led by the DepEd that engages all volunteers to help prepare public schools for the school opening.
Army personnel were mobilized to do repairs and maintenance work at the Valeriano E Fugoso Memorial School in Boystown Compound, Parang, Marikina and at the Signal Village National High School in Taguig City. This effort was also complemented by various Army units nationwide. Army troopers from the 10th Infantry Division were also deployed in Compostela Valley to partake in this activity.
This is the fulfillment of the Army’s commitment to serve the country better, the Filipino youth in particular.
Filipino soldiers willingly shared their time and resources for this noble endeavor.
The Army’s advocacy for education remains to be of paramount consideration under the present Army leadership.
The formation of strong partnership with the citizenry, winning hearts and minds, collaboration with government agencies, non-government organizations and people’s organization, encouraging local government executives to support the efforts of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), and establishing an environment conducive for peace and reconciliation remains to be the most effective tool in achieving lasting peace and stability in the country.
Maj Ronald Jess S Alcudia, Army Spokesman/ Chief, Public Affairs
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