The NEDA Region 5, through the Organization of NEDA 5 Employees, extended support to the National School Maintenance Week of the Department of Education (DepEd) by participating in the Brigada Eskwela 2017 last May 19. The Brigada Eskwela is an annual activity of the DepEd that brings together all education stakeholders to help prepare public school facilities for the opening of the school year in June.
The San Miguel National High School (SMNHS), located in the island of San Miguel in the eastern part of Tabaco City, was this year’s recipient of the NEDA 5 employees’ community service. The SMNHS is a 20-minute boat ride from the city’s seaport and a 15-minute habal-habal ride from Barangay Rawis, the entry point to the island. According to Mr. Mario Rodrigueza, the SMNHS Officer-in-Charge, the school serves five barangays in the island with student population of around 8,500. It was severely hit by Typhoon Nina in December 2016, which left many of the school facilities, furniture and equipment badly damaged. Two of its classrooms still have no roofs and many of the student chairs, tables, and blackboards need repair. The power supply in the area has not been restored since the typhoon.
The NEDA 5 employees, together with the teachers, students, parents, and local community residents worked together to do maintenance work like repair and repainting of the chairs, tables, classrooms, blackboards, and cleaning the school’s premises. The highlight of the activity was the turn-over of old but serviceable NEDA equipment to the school, such as laptop, printer, computer table, one pale latex paint, 4 gallons enamel paint and cash donation from the ONE 5 members.
The activity was an opportunity for NEDAns to derive firsthand appreciation of their planning environment and gain insights as basis for development planning and policy making.
MTB Añonuevo - DRD NEDA 5