Digos City, Davao del Sur (May 30, 2016) – The drab and dark classrooms of public education are all too ubiquitous across the country. As the primary modes of delivering basic education, high schools often lack the quality infrastructure of their private counterparts. Finding a need to address the natural deterioration of schools the Department of Education (DepEd) launches an annual volunteer drive: Brigada Eskwela (School Brigade). In schools nationwide, thousands of people pick a broom, paint the walls and fix broken classrooms. For the next few days, what were once ugly eyesores get a new lease in life as thousands of students come pouring in for the new school year.
Volunteering for this program are the men and women of Rotary Club of South Digos. Led by Rotary President Atty. Engelbert Calgas, the Rotarians gave their time to clean the floors of the school. With them was a donation of 240 liters of white paint courtesy of Davies Paints Corporation from the Rotary Club of Mandaluyong East. The team also donated 18 pieces plywood from their club co-members Rotarians Boyet de Leon and Lani Gabutero.
The coordinated effort was in answer to the high school principal’s request for support from the local community. The paint is a valuable contribution to the dozens of school buildings that cater to the education of young Davao del Sur students. Incidentally, Digos City National High School is also the second largest secondary school in the country in terms of student population, second only to Rizal National High School in Pasig City.