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LGUS TO HELP IN ‘BRIGADA ESKWELA’ – CUA

Quirino Gov. Dax Cua voiced his support for the Department of Interior and Local Government’s order to all its attached units to help in the Department of Education’s Brigada Eskwela.

“Maganda nga kung manggaling na sa national government ang direktiba na tumulong ang lahat ng units ng DILG sa Brigada Eskwela. Needless to say, we from the local government units will gladly cooperate,” Cua said.

Cua touted the need for LGUs to support schools in their respective areas considering the “unique needs that must be met” to ensure the safety of children and school personnel.

Interior secretary Benhur Abalos on Thursday called on the entire DILG organization, which includes the Philippine National Police (PNP), Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP), and all local government units (LGUs), to help with the annual activity to prepare schools for the start of the school year.

The 2022-2023 school year starts nationwide on August 22, with students finally returning to schools after two years of closure due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Cua touted the need for LGUs to support schools in their respective areas considering the “unique needs that must be met” to ensure the safety of children and school personnel.

Among the concerns that LGUs must attend to are ensuring that minimum public health standards (MPHS) continue to be enforced strictly, as well as stepping up the vaccination of children against COVID-19.

In light of the earthquake that rocked Abra last month and caused damage to thousands of classrooms in the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR), Cua, who also serves as president of the Union of Local Authorities of the Philippines (ULAP) and chairperson of the League of Provinces of the Philippines (LPP), said that LGUs should also consider inspecting schools to guarantee the quality and structural integrity of their facilities.

The DepEd-CAR reported that in the wake of the July 27 temblor that hit Abra and nearby provinces, 508 classrooms were totally damaged, 1,030 had partial major damage, and 1,114 classrooms incurred minor damage at different public schools in the region.

Among the concerns that LGUs must attend to are ensuring that minimum public health standards (MPHS) continue to be enforced strictly, as well as stepping up the vaccination of children against COVID-19.

“As we are already in the middle of the rainy season it is only apt that we continue inspecting our schools to ensure that these will withstand calamities,” the governor said.

“Makakaasa ang mga paaralan na magbubuhos kaming mga LGU ng suporta upang maging matagumpay ang pagbabalik-eskwela ng mga bata,” Cua also said.

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