School is finally back in session as the Department of Education has declared August 22 as the first day of classes. While blended learning is still the mandate, schools have kicked off their preparations for face-to-face classes through Brigada Eskwela, inspiring community-wide effort and collaboration to prepare the schools in time for the resumption of classes.
Brigada Eskwela 2022 held its national kick-off last August 1 at the Imus Pilot Elementary School, where Vice President and DepEd Secretary Sara Duterte shared that “the collaboration between the parents, the teachers, local governments, and the entire community on Brigada Eskwela opens a deeper and meaningful collaboration even until after the school year closes”.
With the theme “Tugon sa Hamon ng Ligtas na Balik-Aral”, this year’s Brigada Eskwela focuses on the collective effort to create a safe learning environment for the students, teachers, and school community while ensuring the delivery of quality education.
Answering this call to support our public schools and create a safe return to face-to-face classes, Unilever Philippines has partnered with the Department of Education to help provide access to clean school toilets and promote proper hygiene in the community. Powering this effort from Unilever Philippines is Domex: a brand of disinfectants proven to kill 99.9% of germs while helping remove visible stains and eliminate odors (based on lab tests against representative germs).
For Brigada Eskwela 2022, Unilever Philippines successfully provided over Php 300,000 worth of Domex products to more than 40 schools nationwide, along with deploying cleaning tools and dedicated Domex clean-up teams to 7 partner schools across Metro Manila. The partner schools include Batasan Hills National High School, Quezon City Science High School, Comembo Elementary School, Palanan Elementary School, Santolan Elementary School, Santolan High School, and Gat Andres Bonifacio Elementary School.
Unilever employees volunteer to clean bathrooms in Gat Andres Bonifacio Elementary School
Domex Brand Manager Regina Ocampo further explains, “As a brand, we believe access to clean and safe toilets should be a right, not a privilege, and that clean, safe toilets contribute to better learning and ultimately, better futures for our students. This commitment is why Brigada Eskwela is only the start of an exciting new partnership with DepEd.”
Ocampo shares that later this year, Domex and DepEd will be launching the Domex Eskwelang Unstoppable Awards, a program built with implementing partner Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) that empowers and distinguishes outstanding school division offices and schools in implementing DepEd’s Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene in Schools (WinS) program. She adds, “Essentially, it recognizes the commitment and effort of schools and school divisions in providing clean toilets for the students.”
And to further promote public health and environmental hygiene, Domex has also extended product provision to various local institutions. Philippine Red Cross vaccination hubs and laboratories, and local hospitals received their share of Domex disinfectants as part of the goal to curb rising cases of COVID-19.
To learn more about Domex’s advocacy of making clean comfort rooms accessible to all Filipinos visit https://www.facebook.com/DomexPhilippines.