City gov’t pursues education initiatives PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 08 July 2014 11:33

The City Government is exploring all avenues and measures to improve the City’s access to education.

Spearheaded by Mayor Beng Climaco, the convergence of these efforts seek to result in the fulfillment of the administration’s three priority thrusts on security, health and education.

“Todo manera possible ta hace el di aton administracion para rimpuja pa mas el di aton prayoridad na Seguridad, Salud, y Educacion,” said Climaco during her weekly press briefing Monday, July 7.

Among the latest development in the administration’s education efforts is the City’s bid to host the Philippine Science High School (PSHS). One of the top high schools in the country, the PSHS is a specialized public high school system which operates as an attached agency of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST).

The City’s bid, which included the free use of an area and facilities in San Ramon for 50 years, was presented to the PSHS Inspectorate Team led by DOST Undersecretary for Science and Technology Fortunato de la Pena Thursday, July 3.

“We hope and pray that Usec. Fortunato de la Pena, chairman of the PSHS System Board of Trustees and the members of inspectorate team will decide on our favor,” said Climaco.

The presence of the PSHS in the City, added Climaco, would benefit not only Zamboanga City students, but students from other adjoining provinces and cities as well.

Meanwhile, the administration also extended its support to public elementary and secondary teachers, by way of financial allowances. Last Friday, the City released the allowances of 4,627 teachers, covering the period of January to June 2014. Amounting to a total of 38.86 million, each teacher will receive Php 4,200.00, equivalent to a Php 700 a month stipend from the City.

As part of the International Cultural Agreement entered by the governments of the Philippines and People’s Republic of China, the City Government will also formally sign a Memorandum of Understanding with the National Library for the establishment, operation, and maintenance of a Chinese Corner Project at the Zamboanga City Library.

Finally, as part of her continued personal advocacy and commitment to provide children with access and opportunity for education, the City Mayor last week made her way to Tulungatung and Talisayan to distribute bangs and books to secondary school students.

“These bags came from our personal funds, and we intend to continue the distribution to other schools in the coming days,” she said. — Jasmine Mohammadsali