Drug surrenderers in Ilocos help in ‘Brigada Eskwela’

LAOAG CITY — Armed with bolos (cutting tools) and brooms, some drug surrenderers in various parts of Ilocos Norte are helping out elementary and secondary public schools become clean and ready for the opening of classes on June 5.

Together with police personnel and Barangay Peacekeeping Action Teams (BPATs), they have been visible in public schools as the Department of Education rolls out its annual Brigada Eskwela slated from May 15 to 19.

“This is my way of giving back to my community and to help myself become clean also,” said a former drug dependent who requested anonymity.

Superintendent Marlon Paiste, Batac police chief, said they want to ensure not only peace and order but also cleanliness in schools to protect the health of the students.

Police personnel were seen cutting branches of trees and painting classrooms at the Batac City National High School-Bungon Campus and the Baoa East Elementary School.

All year round, law enforcers in the province are among the most active government workers who are helping in the repair and maintenance of schools.

Aside from providing free labor, the local Philippine National Police also adopted some rural Ilocos Norte schools by providing school supplies such as notebooks, papers, pencils and bags to students.

With the education department’s focus on maintaining resilient- and disaster-prepared classrooms, Vilma Eda, schools division superintendent, enjoined all stakeholders to support Brigada Eskwela 2017. LGA/PNA-northboundasia.com