TDC calls to support Brigada Eskwela,
Reminds the Government of its obligation
The Teachers’ Dignity Coalition (TDC) calls on its members nationwide to support this Brigada Eskwela, an annual schools maintenance week spearheaded by the Department of Education (DepEd) to mobilize community support.
“This year’s Brigada Eskwela is particularly important because we experienced three major tragedies last year that left our schools extremely devastated.” Said Benjo Basas, the group’s national chairperson. Basas is pertaining to the Zamboanga City siege, Bohol earthquake and super typhoon Yolanda that devastated many schools in September, October and November respectively.
Brigada Eskwela is an annual event that mobilizes support for schools in terms of maintenance which includes labor, materials and even funds. This year’s Brigada Eskwela will run from May 19 to 23.
“The government’s effort for the rehabilitation of said areas proved to be slow and insufficient. Thus, we really need the help of the community and the private entities to prepare the school for another year.” Basas continued.
The TDC, however said that the maintenance of schools is a primary state obligation and voluntary help from community and private institutions should never be used as a justification to reduce fund allotment for school operation and maintenance.
“While we are appreciative of Brigada Eskwela and consider this as a proof of Bayanihan spirit among our people, we also would like to remind the government that paints, roofing, windows, floor wax, brooms, light bulbs, tables and chairs in our schools as well as the labor for fixing them should be provided by the government.” Basas explained.
Basas hit the government for failing to prioritize education budget while getting excessive taxes from the workers and just letting those money go to the pockets of the crooks.
“P-Noy should prioritize funding for education and reduce the budget of agencies and office that are tainted with corruption. Taxes should go back to the people in the form of social services like health, transportation and education, including the just compensation for teachers and government workers. ” Basas ended.
The TDC early this month launched ‘Protest De Mayo’ a series of mass actions intended to demand the P10, 000 across the board increase for government teachers. #
Benjo Basas, Chairperson 0920-5740241/ 3853437
May 18, 2014
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