High school principals vow anew to support Lobregat PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 10 August 2011 17:23

Public high school principals in the city vowed anew on Monday to rally behind Mayor Celso Lobregat in all his present and future undertakings even as they thanked him for his continued support for the public education system.

Speaking on behalf of the principals and head teachers of the different public secondary schools in the city, Dr. Salihmatal Lagbas, principal of Southcom National High School, openly declared his support for Mayor Lobregat, whose concern for quality public education, he said, is unequalled by any local chief executive in the present time.

“Mayor, we thank you very much for giving our schools the necessary financial assistance. Let it known that we will also continue to rally behind you and your administration for the sake of quality education,” Dr. Lagbas said, to a round of applause from his colleagues mostly principals who were defending their respective school’s budget for 2012 before the members of the City Finance Committee last Monday in City Hall.

Almost all public high schools received an increase in their 2012 budget for Maintenance and Other Operating Expenses (MOOE) that the city government grants to public schools annually under the Special Education Fund.

The chief executive has been presiding over a marathon budget hearing since Monday in preparation for the city’s executive budget for 2012 that will include all city offices and public schools. With the mayor hearing the proposed budget of offices and schools are City Budge Officer Virginia Gara, City Treasurer Soledad Li, City Accountant Sylvia Binarao, City Planning Coordinator Melinda Cabato together with Councilors Rudy Lim and Nonong Guingona, and other members and staff of the finance committee.

It was in 2007 when the city government’s financial condition had dramatically improved after Lobregat had initiated reforms in tax collection and revenue generation. Since then, one of his priorities is the public education sector, resulting in massive construction of classroom buildings and other facilities in all public elementary and secondary schools in the city.

To date, the city’s assistance to education has reached more than P700 million in terms of infrastructure and allowances to all teachers at P700 each monthly. The Local School Board also chaired by the mayor has been continuously hiring teachers for different teaching assignments.

Yesterday, the budget hearing focused on the Technical Vocational Schools in Ayala and Vitali, Sports Division, City Health Office and Curuan Community Hospital including the lying-in clinics in the barangays and the housing division. – Vic Larato