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by on Jun.09, 2013, under PAGCOR CSR

HUNDREDS of students in Manila, Cavite and Mindanao returned to school this June in newly-refurbished classrooms through PAGCOR’s help in the Brigada Eskwela 2013 project of the Department of Education (DepEd).


For the second straight year, PAGCOR, through its different Casino Filipino branches, deployed volunteer workers to various schools in the country to help renovate and repaint classrooms, armchairs and other school facilities.

Araullo High School, a densely-populated educational institution along United Nations Avenue in Manila with an average enrolment of 5,000 every school year, had three classrooms for Grade 8 pupils spruced up by employees of Casino Filipino Hyatt.


Workers from Casino Filipino Pavilion trooped to General Vicente Lim Elementary School in Tondo to renovate four comfort rooms and donate water tanks, cleaning materials and electric fans.  They also installed water lines and repaired classroom windows.

Airport Casino Filipino chose Longos Elementary School in Bacoor, Cavite to be the branch’s Brigada Eskwela beneficiary this year, repairing leaking classroom ceilings and installing fences in some open spaces to secure the area.  Employee volunteers also help clean the school in preparation for the opening of classes.


Casino Filipino Davao, meanwhile, sent teams of volunteer employees to distant public schools in Mindanao to provide assistance in the restoration of learning spaces and other educational materials.

Manambulan Elementary School, a 34,000 square-meter learning facility located in a remote village in Tugbok District, Davao City, was a recipient of two newly-repainted classrooms, wall fans and cleaning and lighting materials.  The school was also provided with wood lumbers for the renovation of their stage area.



According to School-In-Charge Hermelinda Bastian, the assistance given by PAGCOR complemented their continuing effort to provide their pupils comfortable classrooms that are conducive to learning.

“The participation of PAGCOR in the Brigada Eskwela event in our school was very timely as our school needs all the help it can get to provide our pupils quality education.  I can’t thank PAGCOR enough for the assistance it gave to our school,” Bastian said.  She added that they only have 11 existing classrooms to accommodate their close to 500 students after an early afternoon fire gutted down seven of their classrooms in 2011.



Casino Filipino Davao Branch Manager Michael Cendaña said that reaching out to public educational institutions, especially those located in remote communities allows them the opportunity to extend the much-needed aid to schools that rarely gets support.

“To say that we are delighted to serve the needs of these public schools is an understatement.  Hindi matatawaran ang kasiyahang nararamdaman namin dahil ang maliit na tulong na naibigay namin ay napakalaki na para sa kanila,” Cendaña said.



Apart from Manambulan Elementary School, the two other public schools in Mindanao that benefited from the participation of PAGCOR in the Brigada Eskwela activities were Don Ricardo Briz Elementary School in Tagum City, Davao del Norte and South 1-A Central Elementary School in Iligan City, Lanao del Norte.

The Brigada Eskwela Project of DepEd started in 2003 as part of the agency’s “Balik Eskwela” Program and National Maintenance Week.  PAGCOR began its participation in the Brigada Eskwela project last year where it mobilized its Casino Filipino branches nationwide to reach out to selected public schools in their respective communities.

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