Preparation for the next school year started early Friday with Brigada Eskwela kicking off at the Gotok Elementary School (GES) in Bataraza town.
The activity was initiated by major stakeholders Coral Bay Nickel Corporation (CBNC), troops belonging to the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), and the Bataraza municipal government.
Lorna Reyes, the school principal of the GES, said the event is an initial preparation and assessment for next school year’s Brigada Eskwela.
“Nagkakaroon kami ng launching ng Brigada Eskwela so parang initial activity na ginawa namin in preparation for the scheduled niya on May 20-25, 2019, ” Reyes said.
She added that with the support of the school’s stakeholders “the students are more inspired to attend school.”
“Malaking tulong ang nabibigay ng ating mga stakeholders CBNC, RTNMC at LGU sa kanilang special education fund (SEF) and donations sa ating AFP naman sa kanilang manpower, kasi nae-encourage at namo-motivate ang mga bata na pumasok kasi ‘di na nila iisiping maglilinis pa sila kasi naka-ready na po ang schools and facilities para sa opening of classes,” she added.
Since the construction of the school in 1989, the CBNC, RTNMC, LGU, and AFP have contributed a lot to the development of the GES.
Ernesto Llacuna, community relations manager of CBNC, said school preparations in Gotok is just one of their priorities in terms of support for education.
“The school here (GES) is just one of the CBNC’s beneficiaries under the Social Development and Management Program (SDMP). Ngayon kino-compile namin ang lahat ng request ng schools within Bataraza para ma-apportion namin ang aming resources at budget tungkol sa brigada,” Llacuna said.
He said their company will continue to support their host communities.
“On the part of CBNC, nais naming ipakita at maramdaman ng community and stakeholders na ang company ay hindi nag-ne-neglect ng kanyang responsibilities when it comes to education because that is our number one priority,” Llacuna said.