Brigada Eskwela, Oplan Balik Eskwela ‘21: SJES Towards Triumph Under New Normal


’"When adversity strikes, that's when you have to be the most calm. Take a step back, stay strong, stay grounded and press on.’’ -LL Cool J.


Despite the adversities and challenges ahead brought about by the pandemic, the San Juan Elementary School teachers, stakeholders, and the local government of San Juan headed by the school principal Mr. Lloyd T. Tulaylay, refused to settle for less and were ready for the commencement of the school year with a bang despite the threat of the Covid 19 virus.


The relationship between school and the community is promising as one of the significant key factors for the stability of the schools. If it was not for the ‘shared responsibility between the school and the community, the realization of success of the school in delivering quality education is too difficult to attain. As to why the San Juan Elementary School (SJES) is committed to the idea of engaging the community with the school affairs and endeavors para sa bata, para sa bayan.


During the kick-off of the Brigada Eskwela with a theme: ‘’BAYANIHAN SA PAARALAN’’ held virtually on September 7th and as posted on San Juan ES Academic page with more than 1,600 views as of now, Mr. Tulayay assured the SJES community a conformance to quality education despite the prevalent extraordinary circumstances. ‘’Ang buong komunidad po ng paaralan ay hindi hihinto sa paglilingkod at pagmamalasakit upang maipagpatuloy ang edukasyon…’’ he said in Filipino. (The school community is consistent to its service and concern to the continuity of education).


Mr. Tulaylay highlighted the importance of shared responsibility and participation as the key factors for the success of SJES’ aspiration and endeavor. ‘’Ito po ay maisasakatuparan at magiging matagumpay sa tulong ng lahat ng ating kaagapay sa edukasyon’’ (The same will only be possible and successful with your help, our companions for education). ‘’Lahat po tayo ay kaisa at kasama at kaagapay sa pagsulong ng edukalidad para sa lahat,’’ he added. (We form part of quality education, companions and complements to pursue the same).

While there was a prior expectancy of less participation due to pandemic, the enormous and invaluable support and heartfelt presence of school stakeholders, institutions and chairpersons of different barangays in San Juan were exceedingly evident…a proof of strong ties and partnership of the school with the community that even the pandemic cannot stop.


Among others, the chairpersons of the barangays in San Juan who affirmed their pledge of commitment of support to SJES are: Hon. Carmencita H. Sto. Domingo of Barangay Progreso, Hon, Romeo Nabong of Barangay Ermitanio, Hon. Wilfedo Reyes of Barangay Rivera, and Hon. Gemy Gorayeb of Barangay Balong bato. Also, the associations, the General Parents-Teachers Association (GPTA) and Supreme Pupils Government (SPG), private schools, and business establishments and parents showed their customary support to the school program through donations of school cleaning materials, school supplies, and cash, as well as their personal service for the furtherance of the programs.

To live up with the SJES commitment to walang batang maiiwan, activities such as the Advocacy Campaign for Enrolment: Bayanihan sa Paaralan, Harvesting/Collecting MLESF, Learning Continuity Plan, included the engagement of barangay officials, teachers, stakeholders, and pupils. Their concerted effort intensified the call for online enrolment for easy-access and face-to-face enrolment for those who cannot afford online registration following strict safety health protocols. The campaign increased the awareness of the community regarding the on-going school admission. Teachers and school personnel were on their posts to address queries and concerns for the opening of classes on September 13, 2021. For the assurance of strict safety health protocols amid pandemic, the school engaged the assistance of the barangay officials during the enrolment and opening of classes.

Instead of the usual yearly clean-up drive activities, SJES focused on the effective dissemination of information compelling the parents to enroll their children despite the problem on the feared Covid-19 virus, through social media, calls, text messages, and meaningful conversations with the stakeholders through online, with the assurance of safe and quality education through blended learning and a pledge of dedication. However, SJES continues its beautification of the school environment to make it conducive to learning for the possible in-person classes through the continuity of Gulayan sa Paaralan, monitoring of building constructions, and installation of health kit devices and preparation of classrooms.


This year’s theme for “Brigada Eskwela: Bayanihan sa Paaralan’’ and Oplan Balik Eskwela focused on partnership and engagement of everyone, the community, the people, the schools, keeping alive the Filipino spirit of bayanihan, the fundamental aspect of our culture: working together as a community to achieve a common goal.


Article written by:

Mark John G. Ortiz, Teacher from San Juan Elementary School

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