As the new school year opens, the public schools’ program of “Brigada Eskwela sa Paghahanda” is once again on the go. For this year’s theme “Tugon sa Hamon na Ligtas na Balik-aral”, the Department of Education (DepEd) has invited the private schools and civic sectors as well to share their resources to public schools as they prepare for the opening of the school year 2022-2023. The DepEd is particularly calling for volunteers in cleaning the public schools’ vicinity and for the repair and repainting of their classrooms.
San Sebastian College – Recoletos, Manila guided by one of its core values, namely service, unselfishly extended its help to Jose Corazon Integrated School and Pio Del Pilar Elementary School, both in the districts of Manila. SSC-R has donated several armchairs, tables, electric fans, gallons of paint and cleaning paraphernalia to these two public schools in the National Capital Region during the kick off of the Brigada-Eskwela last August 2022. Another public school became also a recipient of the same donations given by SSC-R Manila.
Rev. Fr. Virgilio M. Paredes, OAR, the Vice President for Identity, Formation and Mission, led the outreach activity that was spearheaded by the Junior High School Department, in coordination with the Sebastinian Community Development and Extension Office (SCDEO) last August 18, 2022. Fr. Paredes was joined by Ms. Mary Grace Depalubos, SCDEO Head; Ms. Mayla Atienza, JHS SCDEO Adviser; Mr. Alvin Ray Ramos, Mr. Rhonel Nicolas, Mr. Mel Frankly Lizardo, Ms. Leila Angeles, all JHS faculty members; Engr. Jeric Esmas, Head of the Property Administration Office and some maintenance and janitorial personnel.
The school principals of Jose Corazon Integrated School and Pio Del Pilar Elementary School have both expressed their gratitude to the benevolence extended by San Sebastian College – Recoletos, Manila and acknowledged the contribution it has brought to them particularly in the physical improvement of their classrooms. The third beneficiary, the Paso de Blas National High School, represented by its School Coordinator likewise acknowledged the same help that SSC-R has extended. As expressed by one teacher: “Our school is gratefully thankful to San Sebastian College – Recoletos, Manila community for its contribution to a better learning environment of our students.”