TOG 8 on “Brigada Eskwela 2012”
Tactical Operations Group 8 under the command of Col Gerald S Da-anton PAF (GSC) with its OPCON Units – the 723rd SOG and 5052nd SRS personnel conducted a series of "Brigada Eskwela” activities from 21 to 25 May 2012 to help uplift the status of the different schools in Tacloban City and Palo, Leyte.
According to PAF Spokesperson Col Miguel Ernesto G Okol, the participation of the TOG personnel focused on providing manpower and equipment to support in the cleaning of the school grounds, repainting of school buildings and facilities; performing carpentry works and construction of drainage system and others.
The eight (8) recipient schools include the San Jose Central School (SJCS), Manlurip Elementary School (MES), San Jose National High School (SJNHS), Sagkahan National High School (SNHS), Cabarasan Daku Elementary School (CDES), Cirilo Roy Montejo National High School (CRMNHS), Palo Central School (PCS) and Judge Antonio R Montilla Sr. Elementary School (JARMSES)
The SJCS, SJNHS, CDES, CRMNHS, and JARMSES are among the adopted schools of TOG 8 and are regular beneficiaries of manpower support and services from the Group. Moreover, MES, SNHS and PCS are not yet adopted schools, yet it also availed the services of the group. One of the highlights of the five (5) day activity was the Opening Ceremony when the Tacloban City Councilor – the Honorable Cristina Gonzales Romualdez, graced the occasion by leading the Kick-Off Ceremony last 21 May 2012 at San Jose Central School.
The local Officials of the Barangay’s and the School Administrators of the various schools, with the school teachers, pupils and parents extended their utmost appreciation for the participation and unending support provided by TOG 8. The series of "Brigada Eskwela” activities form part of a joint effort of the Department of Education (DepED), school administrators, teachers, students, parents and other concerned community organizations in preparation for the opening of School Year 2012-2013.