Manalipa High School edict gets SP nod on first reading PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 02 July 2014 13:57

The City Council yesterday passed on first reading a proposed ordinance that seeks to establish and open a public high school on the island barangay of Manalipa located about 25 kilometers or 16 nautical miles east of the mainland Zamboanga City.

Councilor Gerky Valesco, author of the ordinance in his capacity as chairman of City Council Committee on Education, stressed that Manalipa and all other island barangays of the city need equal assistance as mainland villages do in terms of education and other basic services.

Valesco said the proposed ordinance is in response to a resolution of Manalipa Barangay Council requesting for the establishment of a public high school on the island and the same estiment has been passionately expressed by the barangay on several occasions in public forums.

For years now, elementary graduates from Manalipa and nearby barangays on Sacol Island namely Landang Gua, Landang Laum, Busay and Pasilmanta have to travel by pumpboats for almost two hours every day to reach Barangay Arena Blanco on the mainland city where they study high school.

This, Valesco said, is one reason why many of the elementary graduates from the island villages have to stopped their studies while others simply dropped out of school, owing to the difficulty in going to and from high schools. “Thus, they are deprived of their constitutional right to secondary education,” he lamented.

“It is our main objective in this ordinance that the youth on the island barangays are given a trouble-free access to public high schools just as their counterparts don on the mainland. This is also to prevent further dropouts and encourage the children to go to school instead of just staying home or sit idly as days pass by,” Valesco explained.

He said the ordinance is likewise consistent with the policy of the present administration to make public education accessible and available to all the youths anywhere they maybe in the city.

Under the ordinance, an initial amount of P4 million is recommended for the construction of initial school buildings while the teaching staff, administrative personnel and allied support that may be needed shall placed under the responsibility of the Department of Education through the Zamboanga City Division Office.

The ordinance will take effect after passing through second, third and final readings in the succeeding sessions of the City Council.— VTL