Believing that education is the most important brick in building a successful future, Cebuana Lhuillier joined hand-in-hand with teachers and community members for the rehabilitation of public schools in Visayas and Mindanao through Brigada Eskwela 2013 from May 20 to 24.
Since its foundation in 2003, Brigada Eskwela has become a tool for community development and nation building as it congregates teachers, parents and community members to repair facilities and clean public schools, preparing the school for the opening of classes.
“The Brigada is the longest manifestation of people power in the Philippines,” said Department of Education (DepEd) Secretary Br. Armin Luistro, FSC, adding that the ordinary citizens’ participation in the event is proof that heroes still abound in the country. Now on its 10th year, Brigada Eskwela continues to touch hearts and transform lives with the theme Isang Dekada ng Bayanihan sa Paaralan.
Both Cebuana Lhuillier and DepEd believe that through Brigada Eskwela, they are constructing a foundation for a brighter future for the Filipino youth. Cebuana Lhuillier has long been in the mission of reaching out to the less-fortunate but deserving students by giving them scholarship grants through its Corporate Social Responsibility corps, Cebuana Lhuillier Foundation, Inc.
Headed by Area Operations Managers and volunteers from the Region 5 Office, nine elementary schools in Mindanao were repaired and cleaned. Likewise, Area 412 personnel devoted their time for the rehabilitation of two public schools in Negros Occidental. Volunteers painted classrooms, repaired furniture and cleaned the school grounds.
Construction tools and other school materials were likewise donated by Cebuana Lhuillier to help the schools rebuild a convenient and conducive environment for the students. A Certificate of Recognition was given to Cebuana Lhuillier as school teachers and parents expressed their gratitude to the volunteers who spent time to help out in the activity.
Volunteers from Cebuana Lhuillier consider the activity as a way of strengthening the spirit of modern-day bayanihan among Filipinos. Likewise, they find it indicative of Cebuana Lhuillier’s willingness to help people in need.