The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) is one with the Department of Education (DepEd) and the entire education sector in ensuring a safe, peaceful, orderly, and COVID-19-free implementation of the 100 percent face-to-face classes starting November 2, 2022.
DILG Secretary Benjamin 'Benhur' Abalos, Jr. urges local government units (LGUs) to ensure that all public and private schools within their jurisdictions are accorded with necessary assistance in the conduct of Brigada Eskwela, ensuring parents, teachers, and community participation and support.
With COVID-19 still posing a threat to our students, LGUs are expected to continue the strict enforcement of the minimum public health standards (MPHS) and the COVID-19 pediatric vaccination campaign as we gear towards 100 percent conduct of face-to-face classes. LGUs are also encouraged to convene their respective Local Councils and conduct the necessary preparations including building inspections to certify the quality and structural integrity of school facilities. There is nothing more important than prevention as we expect the influx of millions of students going back to classes.
The Philippine National Police, Bureau of Fire Protection, and other law enforcement units of the LGUs down to the communities are likewise directed to participate and provide continuous support to Brigada Eskwela initiatives and ensure that the road networks leading to schools are secure, clean, and free from any obstructions and hindrances which may pose danger to and deter the mobility of students.
It is only through a united front that we can successfully bring back our students to their schools, hence, we must work and cooperate in synergy to make their back-to-school experience safe, peaceful, and orderly.