Sunday, 27 September 2020

Brigada Eskwela rides online barter craze

ALABEL, Sarangani (June 23, 2020) – Amid the Covid-19 crisis, the Sarangani Schools Division Office (SDO) has launched an online barter community as a local initiative to help the schools in their preparation for this school year’s Brigada Eskwela (BE) and Oplan Balik Eskwela (OBE).

In the Facebook group called “SDO Sarangani Brigada Eskwela Barter Community,” school heads, teachers and parents can trade potted plants or whatever they have, for school essentials and materials such as face masks, soaps, alcohol, thermal scanners, and other disinfecting supplies, school supplies, and other school needs which will be used in the “new normal” opening of classes.

Barter trading is a system of direct exchange of goods or services between two parties without an intervening medium of exchange or money.

“Ginagawa natin ito because I believe there is no free lunch anymore. Hindi na kakayanin ng mga LGUs natin na tumulong kasi andami ng problema ng LGUs natin. So we looked at how could the schools themselves help generate their own needs na hindi nagde-depende sa stakeholders, sa parents, sa gobyerno, and yung ibang sectors na dating tumutulong,” said Romeo Martin, Senior Education Program Specialist and Division Brigada Eskwela Coordinator.

“We cannot just ask again kasi andaming schools and the provincial government can only do so much. So kailangang mag-initiate din ang schools,” he added.

Martin said SDO Sarangani has been going on with the preparation as the Department of Education’s Brigada Eskwela 2020 has already kicked-off on June 1.

Through DepEd Memorandum No.053 Series of 2020, the DepEd National Office has issued the Joint Implementing Guidelines on the 2020 Brigada Eskwela and Oplan Balik Eskwela Relative to the COVID-19 Situation, which was reiterated by SDO Sarangani through the Division Memorandum No.148 Series of 2020.

In the division memorandum, all public secondary and elementary schools in Sarangani will conduct the 2020 BE and OBE in a manner consistent with the required health standards like following social distancing measures, and practicing proper hygiene in accordance with National Inter-Agency Task Force’s health protocols, Department of Health’s health standards, local and national quarantine rules and all other relevant protocols as detailed in DepEd Task Force COVID-19 issuances.

“The 2020 Brigada Eskwela will no longer be the same as before. This time around iba na, because of the pandemic we are facing,” said Martin.

One of the changes DepEd made is taking “face-to-face learning” out of the options for the Oplan Balik Eskwela.

But Martin said “we are still anticipating na magiging option yan although as of now, wala talagang face-to-face dapat. Pero still, things will change.”

“In fact when we started deciding ng mga modalities, sa face-to-face inisip na ng DepEd na ang classroom talaga should be arranged in a manner na yung social distancing talaga ma-observe,” he said.

“I think yung mga schools sa far-flung areas, in the mountains, we call them The Last Mile Schools, sa tingin ko mayroon pa din face-to-face learning activities, although modified pa din. Andyan pa din yung observance natin ng protocols,” Martin added.

Presently, the modalities or modes of learning available for the parents and learners to choose from include online, television, radio, modular, and blended.

Martin clarified that the Brigada Eskwela will continue despite the absence of learners in the schools. “Kahit sabihin mo na walang estudyante, but the teachers will still go to their classrooms kasi kailangan din ng headquarters ng mga school heads, mga teachers natin, magrereport pa rin sila doon sa schools.”

“Again, we can tap the help of our stakeholders, our provincial government and other local governments. But on top of that, sa atin locally, we should also tap our local resources, yung innate sa schools, lalo na ngayon na medyo hirap tayong lahat.”

Also, Martin disclosed that the traditional concept of Brigada Eskwela, which involves physical cleaning, painting, repainting and doing minor repairs will only be done two weeks before the opening of classes in public schools on August 24. (Jori Mae R. Samillano/SARANGANI COMMUNICATIONS SERVICE)

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