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DepEd USec Deriquito visits Camarines Norte for Brigada Eskwela
By: Rosalita B. Manlangit
Wednesday 29th of May 2013
DAET, Camarines Norte, Mayo 29 (PIA) -- Undersecretary Mario A. Deriquito of the Department of Education (DepEd) visited three schools in Camarines Norte to join and personally give his thanks to the volunteers who participated in the Brigada Eskwela here Wednesday (May 22).

He visited the Daet Elementary School and Camarines Norte National High School in Daet and D. Q. Liwag National High School in Vinzons town.

Daet Elementary School and D.Q. Liwag National High School were commended for their display of exemplary performance in mobilizing community participation for the Brigada Eskwela in 2011 together with the Gonzalo Aler National High School in Capalonga town.

Earlier that day before his visit, he was the guest during the “Talakayan sa PIA” of the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) Camarines Norte together with Regional Director Orfelina O. Tuy, Schools Division Superintendent Arnulfo Balane and Assistant SDS Norma B. Samantela.

USec Deriquito said that Brigada Eskwela has been 10 years now and the stakeholders are very responsive to this call of volunteerism like the parents, barangay officials, national and local government agencies, business sector and the non-government organizations.

He said that the DepEd do its part to provide the need for classrooms, books and tables as well as teachers wherein there are some 61,510 items for the latter throughout the country in response to the full implementation of K-12 which was signed into law by Pres. Benigno Aquino III last May 15.

DepEd Regional Director Orfelina O. Tuy on the other hand stressed that in this year’s Brigada Eskwela will not only focused on the cleaning and repair of classrooms but also in response to the order of Sec. Bro. Armin Luistro that there should be a “gulayan sa paaralan” that need to be prepared and started by the volunteers.

The “gulayan sa paaralan” will be for the children and teachers in order to attain balance diet and to avoid them from eating meat.

She also said that the school should continue planting trees and the advocacy to avoid cutting of trees to attain the green environment.

RD Tuy also cited that using a mother tounge-based instruction is very effective according to the result of a pilot testing wherein children in just one month were able to read.

SDS Arnulfo Balane on the other hand said that he believed that education is everybody’s concern, not only for school but also for the parents to be involved in activities like the Brigade Eskwela.

Asst. SDS Norma Samantela explained that they are also implementing what is best for the children here especially with the mother tounge-based instruction wherein they used either tagalog or bicol in schools and they are preparing a module using Daet language.

She added that they are also conducting series of trainings for teachers in preparation for the K-12 implementation in the province.

The said talakayan was hosted by ICM Rosalita Manlangit of PIA and attended by members of the tri-media in Camarines Norte: Hello Bicol of STV6, DZMD-AM, DWSR-FM, DWSL-FM, Nation News and Bicol Insights Weekly; and also some teachers who are undergoing the training for the K-12 implementation. (MAL/RBM/PIA5-Camarines Norte)
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