Celso-sponsored San Roque NHS bill get House committee approval PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 06 August 2015 10:55

by Jubels Santos

The House Committee on Basic Education and Culture approved House Bill 5744, which seeks to create the San Roque National High School, authored by Representative Celso L. Lobregat. Said measure was approved during the committee hearing on Tuesday, 04 August 2015 at the House of Representatives.

As stated by Lobregat in the bill’s explanatory note, “The creation of the San Roque National High School shall be a concrete act for the realization of this Constitutional guarantee, making education more accessible to the youth of Barangay San Roque and the surrounding barangays.”

Presently, there are two (2) elementary schools in Barangay San Roque, namely San Roque Elementary School and Salum Elementary School. These two (2) elementary schools are clamoring for the opening of a secondary school in Barangay San Roque. There is no National High School within the two (2) kilometer radius that will cater the Grade VII to 4th Year secondary students of said barangay. Though there is a Regional Science High School, a special secondary school located at Talungon, Barangay San Roque, this only caters to students who belong to the top ten of the class with 85% general average. Thus, it cannot accept all the graduates of San Roque and Salum Elementary Schools. In this light, approval of the said measure is earnestly requested.

The Committee’s Vice-Chairman Representative Eulogio “Amang” R. Magsaysay presided the meeting as the Committee Chairman, Representative Kimi S. Cojuangco was in her District on the said date. The Committee will refer the measure to the House Committee on Appropriations for funding consideration.

Present during the said meeting were Representatives Eulogio Magsaysay, Roman Romulo, Evelina Escudero, Celso Lobregat, Gwendolyn Garcia, Victor Yu, Monique Yazmin Lagdameo, Mariano Piamonte Jr., Leah Paquiz, Silvestre Bello III, and Antonio Tinio. Representative from the Department of Education, Mr. Reginald Lizondra of the Department of Legislative Liaison Service (DLLS) also attended the meeting.

There are also two (2) National High School Bills – HB 5364, Tulungatung National High School, and HB 5365, Pasonanca National High School, authored by Representative Lobregat. Both were already approved by the House of Representatives on 23 February 2015 and transmitted to the Senate for concurrence. — Jubels Santos