Continuing its strong commitment for corporate social responsibility, Pepsi-Cola Products Philippines Inc. (PCPPI) has mobilized anew its own volunteer brigade to help implement this year’sBrigada Eskwela. Spearheaded by the Department of Education (DepEd), this annual event seeks to enhance the learning environment in all public elementary schools nationwide and make them more responsive to the needs of the students and the teachers.
PCPPI officials disclosed that a total of 420 employees carried out the school improvement tasks prior to the opening of classes last June 1, benefitting 19 public schools in various parts of the country. The beneficiary schools were located in Metro Manila and the cities of Davao, Cebu, Bacolod, Iloilo, Leyte, Naga, Batangas, Cagayan Valley, La Union, Cagayan de Oro, and Zamboanga.
The volunteers, called the “Pepsi Bukluran Council,” chalked up an aggregate 2,398 work hours equivalent to 100 days during the Brigada Eskwela period last May 18-23.
“Our people are our main resource when it comes to touching the lives of our consumers. Brigada Eskwela brings out the best in us especially for our commitment to education and learning. We will continue to support DepEd in their crucial role in shaping minds and hearts of our young people,” said Pepsi vice president for corporate affairs and communications Jika Dalupan.
The Pepsi volunteers who were divided into different teams were made to choose their specific tasks ranging from cleaning and refurbishing classrooms, assembly areas and other school facilities, repairing broken chairs and perimeter fences, etc.
Apart from giving away school supplies, the Pepsi volunteers also donated electric fans and cleaning materials to their adopted schools, among other things.
The Cagayan de Oro team even took their by volunteer work to a higher level by constructing a brand new classroom.
The BrigadaEskwela concept taps all education stakeholders from both the private and public sectors for their help in ensuring the schools' preparedness for the opening of classes.