President Benigno S. Aquino III delivers his speech during the Brigada Eskwela and Oplan Balik Eskwela (OBE) 2015 at the Marikina Elementary School (MES) in Shoe Avenue, Santa Elena, Marikina City on Monday (May 25, 2015). The department of Education (DepEd) shall activate the OBE and the Public Assistance Station (PAS) for School Year 2015-2016 from May 25 to June 06, 2015 to ensure the smooth opening of classes this school year. The OBE and PAS primarily aim to address the problems commonly encountered at the start of the SY to ensure that pupils/students are already properly enrolled and able to attend school by the first day of classes. Also in photo are Education Secretary Armin Luistro, Marikina City Mayor Del De Guzman, Technical Education and Skills Development Authority Director-General Emmanuel Joel Villanueva and MES OIC Principal Eugenia Martin. (MNS Photo)

President Benigno S. Aquino III delivers his speech during the Brigada Eskwela and Oplan Balik Eskwela (OBE) 2015 at the Marikina Elementary School (MES) in Shoe Avenue, Santa Elena, Marikina City on Monday (May 25, 2015). The department of Education (DepEd) shall activate the OBE and the Public Assistance Station (PAS) for School Year 2015-2016 from May 25 to June 06, 2015 to ensure the smooth opening of classes this school year. The OBE and PAS primarily aim to address the problems commonly encountered at the start of the SY to ensure that pupils/students are already properly enrolled and able to attend school by the first day of classes. Also in photo are Education Secretary Armin Luistro, Marikina City Mayor Del De Guzman, Technical Education and Skills Development Authority Director-General Emmanuel Joel Villanueva and MES OIC Principal Eugenia Martin. (MNS Photo)

MANILA (Mabuhay) – President Benigno Aquino III on Monday checked preparations for the opening of classes in public schools next week.

Aquino and Department of Education Secretary Armin Luistro keenly inspected classrooms and learning materials for Grade 1 and 2 pupils of the Marikina City Elementary School this morning, after the DepEd’s week-long “Brigada Eskwela” program.

Aquino was also very upbeat when he interacted with teachers of the Marikina Elementary School.

The President conducted the inspection amid legal questions being faced by his flagship education program, the K-to-12 program adding two more years to basic education in the country, before the Supreme Court.

The DepEd launches Brigada Eskwela every year two weeks before class opening to bring together volunteers to prepare and spruce up public schools.

The program is in line with Republic Act 8525, or the Adopt-A-School Program (ASP) Act, which was implemented in 1998.

Starting Monday, the DepEd will also activate the Oplan Balik Eskwela (OBE) and the Public Assistance Station (PAS) to ensure the smooth opening of classes this school year. (MNS)

President Benigno S. Aquino III inspects the completed classroom upon arrival for the Brigada Eskwela and Oplan Balik Eskwela 2015 at the Marikina Elementary School in Shoe Avenue, Santa Elena, Marikina City on Monday (May 25). Also in photo are Education Secretary Armin Luistro, Technical Education and Skills Development Authority Director-General Emmanuel Joel Villanueva and Marikina City 2nd District Representative Romero Quimbo. (MNS photo)

President Benigno S. Aquino III inspects the completed classroom upon arrival for the Brigada Eskwela and Oplan Balik Eskwela 2015 at the Marikina Elementary School in Shoe Avenue, Santa Elena, Marikina City on Monday (May 25). Also in photo are Education Secretary Armin Luistro, Technical Education and Skills Development Authority Director-General Emmanuel Joel Villanueva and Marikina City 2nd District Representative Romero Quimbo. (MNS photo)

President Benigno S. Aquino III delivers his speech during the Brigada Eskwela and Oplan Balik Eskwela 2015 at the Marikina Elementary School in Shoe Avenue, Santa Elena, Marikina City on Monday (May 25).(MNS photo)

President Benigno S. Aquino III delivers his speech during the Brigada Eskwela and Oplan Balik Eskwela 2015 at the Marikina Elementary School in Shoe Avenue, Santa Elena, Marikina City on Monday (May 25).(MNS photo)

President Benigno S. Aquino III inspects the completed classroom upon arrival for the Brigada Eskwela and Oplan Balik Eskwela 2015 at the Marikina Elementary School in Shoe Avenue, Santa Elena, Marikina City on Monday (May 25). Also in photo are Education Secretary Armin Luistro, Marikina City Mayor Del De Guzman, Marikina City 2nd District Representative Romero Quimbo and Technical Education and Skills Development Authority Director-General Emmanuel Joel Villanueva.(MNS photo)

President Benigno S. Aquino III inspects the completed classroom upon arrival for the Brigada Eskwela and Oplan Balik Eskwela 2015 at the Marikina Elementary School in Shoe Avenue, Santa Elena, Marikina City on Monday (May 25). Also in photo are Education Secretary Armin Luistro, Marikina City Mayor Del De Guzman, Marikina City 2nd District Representative Romero Quimbo and Technical Education and Skills Development Authority Director-General Emmanuel Joel Villanueva.(MNS photo)

President Benigno S. Aquino III delivers his speech during the Brigada Eskwela and Oplan Balik Eskwela 2015 at the Marikina Elementary School in Shoe Avenue, Santa Elena, Marikina City on Monday (May 25). Also in photo are Marikina City 2nd District Representative Romero Quimbo, Marikina City 1st District Representative Marcelino Teodoro, Education Secretary Armin Luistro, Marikina City Mayor Del De Guzman, Technical Education and Skills Development Authority Director-General Emmanuel Joel Villanueva and MES OIC Principal Eugenia Martin. (MNS photo)

President Benigno S. Aquino III delivers his speech during the Brigada Eskwela and Oplan Balik Eskwela 2015 at the Marikina Elementary School in Shoe Avenue, Santa Elena, Marikina City on Monday (May 25). Also in photo are Marikina City 2nd District Representative Romero Quimbo, Marikina City 1st District Representative Marcelino Teodoro, Education Secretary Armin Luistro, Marikina City Mayor Del De Guzman, Technical Education and Skills Development Authority Director-General Emmanuel Joel Villanueva and MES OIC Principal Eugenia Martin. (MNS photo)

President Benigno S. Aquino III delivers his speech during the Brigada Eskwela and Oplan Balik Eskwela 2015 at the Marikina Elementary School in Shoe Avenue, Santa Elena, Marikina City on Monday (May 25). (MNS photo)

President Benigno S. Aquino III delivers his speech during the Brigada Eskwela and Oplan Balik Eskwela 2015 at the Marikina Elementary School in Shoe Avenue, Santa Elena, Marikina City on Monday (May 25). (MNS photo)

President Benigno S. Aquino III receives a warm reception upon arrival for the Brigada Eskwela and Oplan Balik Eskwela 2015 at the Marikina Elementary School in Shoe Avenue, Santa Elena, Marikina City on Monday (May 25). (MNS photo)

President Benigno S. Aquino III receives a warm reception upon arrival for the Brigada Eskwela and Oplan Balik Eskwela 2015 at the Marikina Elementary School in Shoe Avenue, Santa Elena, Marikina City on Monday (May 25). (MNS photo)

President Benigno S. Aquino III inspects the completed brigada eskwela classroom upon arrival for the Brigada Eskwela and Oplan Balik Eskwela (OBE) 2015 at the Marikina Elementary School (MES) in Shoe Avenue, Santa Elena, Marikina City on Monday (May 25). Also in photo are Marikina City 2nd District Representative Romero Quimbo, Marikina City 1st District Representative Marcelino Teodoro, Education Secretary Armin Luistro, Marikina City Mayor Del De Guzman, Technical Education and Skills Development Authority Director-General Emmanuel Joel Villanueva and MES OIC Principal Eugenia Martin. (MNS photo)

President Benigno S. Aquino III inspects the completed brigada eskwela classroom upon arrival for the Brigada Eskwela and Oplan Balik Eskwela (OBE) 2015 at the Marikina Elementary School (MES) in Shoe Avenue, Santa Elena, Marikina City on Monday (May 25). Also in photo are Marikina City 2nd District Representative Romero Quimbo, Marikina City 1st District Representative Marcelino Teodoro, Education Secretary Armin Luistro, Marikina City Mayor Del De Guzman, Technical Education and Skills Development Authority Director-General Emmanuel Joel Villanueva and MES OIC Principal Eugenia Martin. (MNS photo)