Department of the Interior and Local Government - III Regional Director Julie J. Daquioag assured the DILG's support and assistance to the Department of Education's "Bayanihan Sa Paaralan" during the 2020 Joint Brigada Eskwela (BE) & Oplan Balik Eskwela (OBE) Regional Kick off Ceremonies. The virtual activity was aired live in the CLTV 36 Facebook page on June 3, 2020.
"Just like what we did in the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act, ganun din po ang gagawin natin sa Bayanihan sa Paaralan," RD Daquioag said in her message of support. "Hinihikayat po namin ang mga lokal na pamahalaan, ang mga lokal na opisyal lalo na ang mga Mayor at Gobernador na tayo ay tulungan dahil nasa kanilang mga kanayunan ang ating mga paaralan," she added.
BE and OBE are annual activities of DepEd conducted from June 1, 2020 to August 29, 2020. For this year, DepEd aims to promote convergence of efforts among government agencies and stakeholders to ensure that learning continues amid COVID-19 pandemic. DepEd focuses on the preparations and strengthening partnership engagements in the BE to comply with certain health standards and protocols.
Aside from the usual Balik Eskwela activities, this year's BE and OBE include the coordination of the School Heads to the Local Government Units, non-government organizations, and volunteers to clean and disinfect the schools' facilities and premises. Thermal scanners, soap, alcohol, facemasks, and other supplies needed for teachers and parents to comply with the minimum health standards shall be acquired through partnership engagements.
Other agencies which also participated in the virtual kick-off are the Department of Health and Philippine Information Agency.