Brigada Eskwela, also known as the “Bayanihan Para sa Paaralan (Working Together for Schools)”, added a new meaning to the Filipino concept of concern. Brigada Eskwela brings to us a picture of people from different sectors of society repainting walls and blackboards, cleaning windows and doors, or repairing school fences. As its name suggests, the project assembles an army of volunteers to prepare classrooms in time for the opening of classes.
Last June 4, 2016, SM employees from the different companies of SM Prime Holdings Inc., through the Employee Volunteerism Program (EVP) cleaned up a total of 57 public elementary schools. The Adopt-A-School project was done in partnership with SM Cares, the Corporate Social Responsibility arm of SM Prime Holdings, Inc.
Here in SM City San Pablo, the chosen beneficiary is the Sta Monica Elementary School. Around 45 SM Employees volunteered in cleaning the school grounds. Aside from the employee volunteers, SM employees also raised funds to donate school supplies, books, and equipment.SM City San Pablo donated books and additional book shelves for the school library.
Ms. Julie Miteria, Vice President of HR Division of SM Supermalls, said that the employee volunteers took part by repairing, cleaning, and beautifying the school facilities to make it more conducive for learning. “This project does not only highlight the value of education but also the spirit of volunteerism which helps uplift the lives of those who have less,” Miteria said.
“It’s a fulfilling and humbling experience, something that money can’t buy. “Shared HR Supervisor Erika Silvestre. “The memorable part of it all are the smiles we saw in the faces of the Public School teachers” said Assistant Mall Manager Edesa Sibug.
This year, Brigada Eskwela ran from May 18 to 23 under the theme “Tayo para sa Kalinisan, Kaligtasan, at Kahandaan ng Ating mga Paaralan (Stand for the Cleanliness, Safety, and Preparedness of our Schools)”and a total of more than 1,000 employees of SM Supermalls, including some of its executives, took part in SM’s Adopt-A-School program that is geared towards the rehabilitation and refurbishment of public elementary schools.