As the Department of Education (DepEd) heads off with the implementation of the National Brigada Eskwela 2019 Program last May 20, 2019, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) CALABARZON gently reminds all Brigada Eskwela volunteers of the program within the region to thoughtfully practice solid waste management (SWM) and strictly no burning of wastes. The DENR CALABARZON Regional Strategic Communications and Initiatives Section and the Youth Desk Office is conducting environmental talks to highlight these challenges. In addition, DENR field offices will dispatch personnel to visit and inspect public schools to ensure that SWM is implemented and that there will be no open burning of wastes.

SWM is the Department’s commitment with the DepEd for this year’s program themed “Matatag na Bayan Para sa Maunlad na Paaralan”, to end on May 25, 2019.

The week-long event, which involves maintenance and improvement of facilities of all public schools nationwide, is expected to create mounds of wastes such as empty paint and varnish cans, wall papers and classroom decors made of paper materials, and plastic sachets of floor wax and other cleaning materials, among others. The only way to reduce waste going to landfills is by segregating, reducing plastic use and by establishing composting bins and areas in their gardens. 

In Mayapa Elementary School in Calamba, Laguna, they are setting up more gardens inside the facility and would like to make full use of their composting bins. They are planning to have a mix of herbs, flowering plants and other vegetables. DENR CALABARZON is committed to provide several flowering trees as soon as they are able to determine areas where the trees can be planted.

The Brigada Eskwela Program or the National Schools Maintenance Week was institutionalized by virtue of the DepEd Order No. 24, Series of 2008.###