Microsoft volunteers who participated in the Department of Education’s Brigada Eskwela 2011 program at the Cayetano Arellano Elementary School in Caloocan City
Volunteers from Microsoft Philippines recently joined the Department of Education (DepEd) in its Brigada Eskwela 2011 program to clean, repaint, and repair the main building of the Cayetano Arellano Elementary School in Caloocan City before classes start this June.
Over 86 Microsoft employees, staff and partners, along with some of the volunteers from the Cayetano Arellano Elementary School and DepEd cleaned and painted classrooms, hallways, and stairways of the main building, which is composed of three floors and six classrooms.
Brigada Eskwela is an annual maintenance program initiated by the DepEd that invites and engages partners and education stakeholders to contribute their time and efforts to help create a good learning environment for elementary and high school students in time for the opening of classes.
Aside from its various citizenship initiatives in the country, Microsoft Philippines has an Employee Volunteer Program where it encourages its employees to further contribute to the society where it operates. Brigada Eskwela is one of the initiatives that the company has supported over the years. Aside from the volunteers, Microsoft Philippines also provided painting and cleaning materials to finish what’s needed for the main building.
Microsoft volunteers as they clean, repaint and repair the classrooms of the Cayetano Arellano Elementary School in Caloocan City , supporting the Department of Education’s Brigada Eskwela 2011 program
“Every year, we at Microsoft have made it our commitment to lend our time to help restore classrooms for the benefit of the students in the coming school year. We believe that a good learning environment can help enliven the children’s learning experience as well as contribute to a more conducive process of education.
DepEd has done a good job in enjoining individuals and organizations in the Brigada Eskwela program and we make it a point to be part of it every year so that we can contribute to the enhancement of the academe in our own little way,” said Michelle Casio, Education Lead, Microsoft Philippines.
“While we work hard to deliver quality education to these students, we are also very glad that DepEd has an initiative such as Brigada Eskwela, as well as support from private companies like Microsoft Philippines , which help us maintain a good learning environment for our students. We cannot afford to do all of these on our own and we’re grateful to be receiving the support that we need,” said Adoracion Santos, Principal, Cayetano Arellano Elementary School .
Microsoft first joined the Brigada Eskwela program back in 2005 where Microsoft employees cleaned and painted the classrooms of the Barangka Elementary School in Mandaluyong City .
“We at Microsoft promise to continue our partnership with the Department of Education to be able to help more students regain the excitement to study and discover new things in school. We will maintain our volunteer program and share our time for this cause,” ended Casio.