Mayor reaffirms commitment to education PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 31 May 2016 13:45

By JASMINE MOHAMMADSALI

Mayor Beng Climaco reaffirmed her commitment to ensure quality education for Zamboangueños she joined teachers and parents for the Brigada Eskwela kickoff yesterday morning, May 30.

The chief executive vowed to work hand-in-hand with the education sector to not only uplift academic performance of the students but also to facilitate the smooth implementation of the K to 12 program in the City by investing in education-related infrastructure and facilities, and building the capacities and competencies of schoolteachers.

“Whatever funds we have for the improvement [school facilities], we have to implement it immediately because the children cannot wait,” Climaco said during the Brigada Eskwela kickoff program at Don Pablo Lorenzo Lobregat High School.

She also urged teachers to be ‘very vocal’ with their needs, especially for capacity building initiatives such as the LGU-led Performance Enhancement for Teachers (PET) activity to enhance their teaching capacities and performances.

The Brigada Eskwela 2016 will be a week-long, modern-day bayanihan activity which seeks to harness the participation of the local community and the private sector to make schools conducive, clean, and safe for the opening of classes slated on June 13.

This year’s Brigada Eskwela theme is ‘Tayo Para sa Paaralang Ligtas, Maayos at Handa Mula Kindergarten Hanggang Senior High School’, highlighting the first year implementation of Grade 11 of the K to 12 program.

In Zamboanga City, a kickoff caravan from Divisoria to Don Pablo marked the beginning of the activity which will run from May 30 to June 4.

According to Dr. Rosalio Conturno Jr., Chief Education Supervisor for school governance and operations, school year 2016-2017 will be from June 13, 2016 to April 2, 2017. He said all schools have already submitted their plans for the Brigada Eskwela, which he notes have to put premium on safety of students and starting the school year right.

also acknowledged the support of the local government in helping schools prepare for the K to 12 program with the provision of 5,000 seating facilities and other assistance to teachers. — Jasmine Mohammadsali)