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Brigada Eskwela volunteers spruce up Ilocos Norte school ahead of June 4

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LAOAG CITY — The Burgos Agro-Industrial School (BAIS) in Poblacion village is all set to welcome its more than 800 learners on June 4 with its enhanced classrooms, newly-painted walls, clean playground, and re-energized teachers.

On Friday, almost a thousand Brigada Eskwela volunteers both from public and private sectors gathered at the Burgos school as they removed dust and cobwebs in school classrooms, arranged cluttered chairs, pruned trees, and cleaned pathways.

BAIS Principal Josephine Pascual, in an interview, said she is “very thankful” for the show of solidarity and volunteerism among the entire community of Burgos, including other stakeholders who shared their time, money and effort in fixing and cleaning the school.

“This is a big deal for us because the support is overwhelming. Some donated paints, brush and painting materials, brooms and even snacks for the volunteers,” she said.

Every year, Poblacion village chief Joegie Jimenez, who is also the incumbent alumni association president of the school, said they always look forward to the opening of schools and one way to show their support is to make their presence felt in the school community.

Armed with brooms and other cleaning materials, municipal and village officials, alumni groups, representatives of the Energy Development Corporation, Bureau of Fire Protection, Philippine National Police, and other youth volunteers joined the kick-off launching of the “Brigada Eskwela” in Burgos town.

Senior Police Officer 1 Noel Abad of the Ilocos Norte Mobile Force Company based in Camp Valentin S. Juan, Laoag City, he said, “It’s a happy feeling to be of service to the school and to ensure that learners have a safe learning environment.”

During the “Brigada Eskwela”, some police personnel were on their comfortable working clothes and painted some vandalized walls of the school.

After the school clean-up activity, Jimenez reiterated to all school workers and volunteers to always practice waste segregation which is being strictly enforced in the village. (PNA)