Beng turns over boats for island teachers PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 03 September 2016 11:30

As part of the city’s priority thrust on education, Mayor Beng Climaco and City Agriculturist Diosdado Palacat turned over 6 units of motorized pumpboats to island school teachers through the Division of City Schools Friday.

Costing a total of P420,000, the 6 units motorized pumpboats were purchased through the Bottom-up Budgeting (BuB) program and implemented through the City Agriculturist Office. An additional 10 units of similar watercrafts are coming.

During ceremonial turnover rites held at the Division Office in Baliwasan, Mayor Climaco hailed the teachers as heroes for facing everyday risks in traversing the sea if only to be able to teach young children in the islands.

“This is to ensure your safe journey to and from school,” the mayor said as she turned over the facilities to the teachers through Acting City Schools Superintendent Pete Natividad.    “Please know that in your difficulties we are very thankful for the sacrifices that you go through. It is really an act of heroism but the only consolation we have aside from the risk of being kidnapped and losing our lives, is that one way or the other you are able to change the life of one child. If you are able to do that then I think we are really a success.”

Recall that a number of island teachers in the past have been kidnapped while travelling to their workplaces aboard watercrafts.

Climaco said the teachers will be escorted by military authorities to ensure their safety and protection. No less than President Duterte has ordered the strengthening of security in all islands in the city in the wake of threats from lawless elements.

Meanwhile, bottom-up budgeting is a budgeting system in which the involved budget holders are given the opportunity to participate in the process of settling their own budgets. It is usually defined as an approach to budget-setting in which managers determine how much is needed to achieve each of their planned objectives; these amounts are then combined to establish the total operating budget. — Sheila Covarrubias