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Oplan Balik Eskwela (OBE) is an annual campaign initiated by the Department of Education (DepEd), in coordination with other agencies, communities, and interest groups, and held to prepare for the opening of the school year. It aims to ensure that students are properly enrolled and able to attend school during the opening of classes.

It seeks to address common problems encountered during school openings. It was first launched in 2005. The task force will handle complaints and serve as a routing mechanism to students, parents and teachers for School Year (SY) 2015-2016 from May 25 to June 6, 2015 to ensure the smooth opening of classes this school year.

What are the efforts undertaken during Oplan Balik Eskwela?
OBE addresses various school opening concerns, e.g.,

  • Traffic
  • Safety and security
  • Price monitoring of school supplies
  • Medical and emergency services
  • Preparation of school buildings and roads
  • Public transportation
  • Supply of utilities in schools
  • Weather outlook
  • Local Government Unit coordination and support

It is carried out through convergence with other agencies, communities and other interest groups;information dissemination through a media campaign, public service announcements from the DepEd, and Information and action centers established in the DepEd Central, Regional, and Division offices.

Who are involved in Oplan Balik Eskwela?

  • The following agencies are key in the organization of the multisectoral task force for school opening:
  • DepEd – Lead agency
  • Department of Energy (DOE);
  • Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG);
  • Department of Health (DOH);
  • Department of National Defense (DND);
  • Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH);
  • Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD);
  • Department of Trade and Industry (DTI);
  • Manila Electric Company (MERALCO);
  • Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS);
  • Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA);
  • Office of the Civil Defense (OCD);
  • Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA); and
  • Philippine National Police (PNP).

What is the expected impact of Oplan Balik Eskwela?
The main objective of the campaign is the smooth opening of classes. The following has been realized since OBE was first launched: Among others, the Improvement of traffic flow; quick response to school-opening queries from parents and school authorities; the minimization of confusion during enrollment; the prompt readying of classrooms and school facilities; regulation of school-supply prices; and a decrease of criminal incidences around the vicinity of school.

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