LGUs urged to support Deped’s Oplan Balik Eskwela

As the new school year is set to start soon, Secretary Mel Senen S. Sarmiento of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) urges local chief executives (LCEs) to undertake activities in support of the Oplan Balik Eskwela (OBE) campaign of the Department of Education (DepEd). 

SILG MEL SARMIENTO

Brigada Eskwela is an annual program held by the DepEd every two weeks before the official start of classes. It brings together nationwide voluntary efforts such as maintenance and contributions to public schools. 

This year, Brigada was launched on May 30 and ends on June 04. "The DILG is one with the DepEd in implementing OBE that promotes the practice of shared governance, brings the spirit of education to the community level, and utilized local resources to improve public schools,” said Sarmiento. 

Sarmiento issued a directive on OBE to all provincial governors, city and municipal mayors, presiding officers and members of the Sanggunians, punong barangays, DILG regional directors, and the Regional Governor of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM). 

He encouraged the convening of respective Peace and Order Councils (POCs), Local Councils for the Protection of Children (LCPC) and Local Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (LDRRMC) to carry out necessary preparations, anticipate requirements and employ corresponding necessary measures. 

LCEs are also told to convene Local Health Boards to assist other agencies, especially the Department of Health (DOH); and ensure that road networks leading to schools are secure, clean and clearly marked with signages. “We ask our LGUs to assist the DepEd in preparing school facilities and in other necessary preparations relative to the opening of classes. 

Necessary ordinances may be enacted such as an Anti-Truancy ordinance to regulate the entry of uniformed students in malls, internet cafes, and other recreation centers, especially during school hours,” Sarmiento said. 

He reminded LGUs to ensure that the schools and other educational institutions operate with the necessary permits and licenses; and conduct building inspections to ensure the quality and integrity of the structure of school buildings. 

“Let us also prioritize and give attention to providing information campaign on responses during calamities like earthquake, fire and flood,” said Sarmiento.
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