With the strong desire to strengthen partnership amongst schools and community stakeholders, Schools Division of Lipa City strengthened its advocacy to ensure that schools within the Division are establishing close partnerships and championing volunteerism among possible institutions or organizations across all sectors.

This undertaking commonly known as Brigada Eskwela brings together all education stakeholders to participate and contribute their time, effort, and resources to prepare all the facilities of public schools for the opening of classes.

All personnel of the Division of Lipa City through the leadership of OIC- Schools Division Superintendent Susan DL. Oribiana mobilized their partnerships with school-based focal persons to ensure its effective implementation in all public elementary and secondary schools, and the involvement of their corresponding communities.

Just like all schools within the division, Bugtongnapulo Integrated NHS, one of the finalists of the Division Best School Implementers (Medium Category) in Brigada Eskwela for secondary level has advocated its own initiatives from May 20 to 25 to develop collaborative relationships and to provide activities involving school staff, students, alumni, parents, other family members, local government units, private industries, corporations, and non-government sectors.

This school moreover, has been lucky that the Lima Land, Inc., a corporation and a member of the Aboitiz Group of companies and Aboitiz Foundation, Inc., the social development arm of the Aboitiz group of companies has been consistently and generously offering numerous assistance to the school over the years.  The said corporation has even brought other partner-locators with them during the conduct of the Brigada Eskwela.

DepEd personnel also conducted consistent monitoring of activities from Day 1 until the last day of the event.  Furthermore, because of the strong initiative of the department, Roland D. Diaz, the division Senior Education Program Specialist in Social Mobilization and Networking, is very positive that last year’s reported total number of volunteers and the amount of generated sources will be surpassed.

With the consistent drive to strengthen partnership in schools, all personnel of DepEd Lipa jointly believe that effective partnerships are based on mutual trust and respect, and shared responsibility for the education and welfare of the learners in school. (Liezel M. Villanueva, Principal 1, Bugtongnapulo INHS, Division of Lipa City)