Cebu Pacific and Ministries without Borders Philippines partner for Brigada Eskwela 2022

As their way to give back to the community, the Philippines’ leading carrier, Cebu Pacific, together with its NGO partner, Ministries without Borders Philippines, assisted the Epifanio de los Santos Elementary School (EDSES) community in Pasay in their “Brigada Eskwela”, an annual program of the Department of Education in preparation for the opening of classes for the school year 2021-2022.

This year, the theme of the program is “Tugon sa Hamon ng Ligtas na Balik-Aral”. The said cooperative and collaborative program encourages education stakeholders to contribute their time, effort and resources in ensuring that the school facilities are ready for school opening.

Volunteers from the Cebu Pacific, twenty one of them, who went to Epifanio de los Santos Elementary School (EDSES) to drop their donations of basic school supplies, hygiene kits and snack loot bags for the incoming students. The teachers were also given L’Oreal products, Cebu Pacific merchandise and waste bins. The school’s guidance office was also repainted and additional items from other companies such as Universal Robina Corporation, , Philippine Business and Social Progress, Sentinel, Coca – Cola Philippines, and Councilor Mark Calixto of Pasay LGU District 1 were also distributed.

“Our school caters to students in Pasay, and since no national government money was put into Brigada Eskwela, we tapped private businesses, NGO’s, private individuals and local government to solicit donations to cover the repair and maintenance of the school,” said Dr. Tirso V. Gali, Principal IV of EDSES.

“We were very lucky that Cebu Pacific selected our school as their recipient for this years’ Brigada Eskwela. Despite the challenges brought by COVID-19 Pandemic, quality education must continue and true enough this airline company extended their utmost effort so these less fortunate learners could have better education.” Gemma Porcia, deputy operations officer, at Ministries without Borders Philippines.

Cebu Pacific also assisted and gave their support to Ministries without Borders Philippines by flying and delivering 4,500 school supplies for students residing in Cotabato, Leyte,  Ozamis and Palawan for free.

“We hope that through all these efforts, we were able to help these kids who will be returning to school after the pandemic lockdown shut classes. The students are very excited to go back to school and will resume face-to-face engagement,” said Carmina Romero, Director for Corporate Communications of Cebu Pacific.

May this wonderful partnership from Cebu Pacific and Ministries Without Borders Philippines is admirable and hopefully they will again support the other programs of the Department of Education as we start to shift into full face-to-face classroom instruction in the coming months.

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