KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato, May 17 (PIA) -- Once again, the Department of Public Works and Highways in SOCCSKSARGEN Region (DPWH) 12 extends help to the Department of Education in preparing schools for the opening classes in June.
Ellen Torino, information officer of DPWH 12, told Philippine Information Agency 12 that DPWH Undersecretary Romeo Momo has issued a memorandum directing all regional offices to prepare for the opening of classes in June along with DepEd’s Brigada Eskwela Program this May 2017 through its Oplan Balik Eskwela.
Oplan Balik Eskwela, Torino explained, in an annual activity of the DPWH spearheaded by the Maintenance Division that provide assistance to the DepEd to ensure safe and worry-free opening of classes.
Among the major activities of DPWH for the Oplan Balik Eskwela are repair and maintenance of roads and canals in the vicinity of schools, painting of pedestrian lanes and its significant lane markings, and installation of traffic sign boards.
They will also be involved in cleaning of school vicinities, cleaning and painting of classrooms, repair of tables and chairs and mobilization of any form of donations such as plywood, roofing materials, paints, and other materials.
Per DepED Department Order No. 25 series of 2017, classes for SY 2017-2018 will begin on June 5.
In this regard, DPWH 12 OIC Regional Director Basir Ibrahim assured DepEd officials of full support to make sure that schools and their surroundings are set to receive students for another school year.
He said all 8 engineering district offices have been mandated to fully implement Oplan Balik Eskwela in their respective area of responsibility. (DEDoguiles-PIA 12 with report from DPWH 12 Information Unit)