In preparation for schoolyear 2016-2017, City Savings Bank participated in this year's Brigada Eskwela through its 84 branches reaching out to a total of 268 public school beneficiaries nationwide. The Bank joined the Department of Education (DepEd) and the respective local government units during the program kick off last May 30.
Out of the 268 public school beneficiaries, 179 were from Luzon, 58 in Visayas and 31 were from Mindanao. Over 600 CitySavings team members and team leaders alike volunteered to do repainting and minor repairs on school buildings and facilities.
"Our heartfelt gratitude to CitySavings for giving us the 30 gallons of paint which will be used for the 10 classrooms. This will greatly improve our school as we prepare to make our classrooms more conducive for learning this school year. Thank you very much from the bottom of our hearts," said Ms. Lana M. Escario, Principal of Zapatera Elementary School in Cebu City.
"Partner for change, is the best description I could label City Savings Bank. This is because the paint donation they have given to Malinta Elementary School this Brigada Eskwela 2016 has created change in the physical aspect of the school. From gloomy to happy, the change in ambiance it created for the school added a certain level of inspiration and enthusiasm for our children to study harder and learn better," shared Randy Mendoza, Principal of Malinta Elementary School from Dasmarinas City in Cavite Michael Divinagracia, Principal of Negros Occidental National High School in Bacolod City mentioned that "CitySavings' donation for the Brigada Eskwela will be of great help in improving our services to our learners. The presence and support of your team during the Brigada Eskwela opening activity was an inspiration to us and to our stakeholders, igniting our hearts to continue to serve our community."
Ana Liza Abayon, Principal of F. Bangoy Central Elementary School in Davao City said "Thank you to City Savings Bank for devoting their time to participate. In fact, you are one of the few stakeholders who really exerted effort to visit us, you have volunteered to extend your help and we are glad for your support to schools in Brigada Eskwela. We cannot just depend on the government per se, hence your effort and donations are of great help to our students and their parents in preparation for the June 13 opening of classes. This is also a way to encourage our students to go to school when they see that they have a better and more conducive learning environment."
City Savings Bank Chairman of the Board Eugene Acevedo who also volunteered his time during the Brigada Eskwela said that "Brigada Eskwela is what hundreds of CitySavings Bankers look forward to yearly. It is probably the best opportunity for everyone to serve the public school system. We don't simply paint walls or clean classrooms to prepare them for the school year. To me, it is a means to affirm our faith in our country's youth and our public school teachers. My Brigada Eskwela experience was heartwarming. I need to do it again."
CitySavings has been part of this DepEd program since 2010. CSR has always been an integral part of how CitySavings does business and has always played an active role in helping our public schools through various education related initiatives and projects.