Zambo DepEd prioritizes disaster preparedness in Brigada Eskwela PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 23 May 2014 11:27

School operations have directly been affected by the number of disasters that our country in general has experienced, considering these recent calamities and the possibility that these may occur again, Brigada Eskwela is basically geared this time to tighten support in the implementation of Disaster Risk Prevention.

In preparation for the opening of classes on June 2, the Department of Education, Zamboanga City Division is pushing for disaster preparedness through its week-long Brigada Eskwela campaign.  With the theme “Making our Schools Safer”, Brigada Eskwela brings effort to improve classroom standards and to strengthen its coordination with partners for disaster response and capacity building as per DepEd memorandum No. 32 s. 2014.  All schools in Zamboanga City division showed positive support to the campaign.

Schools Division Supt. Pedro Melchor M. Natividad leading the activity, encourages all schools, both elementary and secondary, to prioritize disaster preparedness and mitigation measures to ensure the protection of the students, teachers including properties.

To operationalize the 2014  Brigada Eskwela’s theme and to guide the schools in their planning for the entire school year, the DepEd developed the School Safety and Preparedness Guide where it hopes to raise consciousness and provides guidance to schools and education partners to ensure safety and preparedness of the students and teachers during emergencies.

In support to the program of the department, the Zamboanga City Schools Division initiated a motorcade to launch the first day of Brigada Eskwela on May 19, 2014 at 6:30 am where  some schools both elementary and secondary located in the city proper, participated. Other schools beyond the city proper had also their own motorcade and opening program. There was a good attendance of students, teachers and all other education partners.

Ayala National high school was also one of the schools that had determined the threats to access basic education services which resulted to mitigating measures, school planning and other endeavours that its partners embarked on. The school has begun pruning trees to avoid entanglement from electrical wirings which may cause danger to life and property. In like manner, putting up directional signages on every floor of the building was also initiated. Declogging of canals and pathway elevation as well as repainting of the pathway roof are only some of the projects which the stakeholders and other civic groups have pledged and supported.

Other schools in the city are also working on some projects with their education partners like the barangay officials, NGOs, PTA officials, and other civic organizations ensuring not only the  protection of school properties but also students and teachers against possible risks. — Dr. Socorro P. Canaya/Ayala National High School