Schools in Metro Manila kicked off its Brigada program with a motorcade from the National Capital Region office to Dalandanan National High School in Valenzuela.
Undersecretary for Regional Operations Rizalino Rivera thanked all the volunteers who came early for the kickoff of Brigada Eskwela 2014. He underscored that the goal of DepEd is to make the schools disaster-ready and resilient. He added, “Ang kaligtasan ng mga mag-aaral at mga guro ay dapat nating bigyan ng prayoridad (We should give priority to the safety of our learners and teachers).”
Rivera extended his gratitude to all the organizations and different stakeholders for sharing their resources for this year’s Brigada. “Lahat kayong narito ay makakatulong para mas maging ligtas ang paaralan ng mga batang Pilipino,” he said. Volunteers from the government, both local and national, the private sector, civil society organizations and international aid organizations participated in the first day of Brigada Eskwela. More than 500 volunteers attended the kickoff in NCR.
Part of the opening program was the simulation of fire and earthquake drills. DepEd officials, students, and teachers participated in the mentioned activities.