As a result of Gawad Pamana award, city turns over 60 computers to public schools PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 04 June 2012 15:50

Mayor Celso Lobregat will turn over tomorrow, June 5, at least 60 computers with complete accessories to the Department of Education (DepEd) as an offshoot of its being the region’s Gawad Pamana ng Lahi awardee for exemplary performance in local governance.

Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo is expected to grace the turnover ceremony, set at City Hall at 8 a.m. tomorrow.

The award, conferred by the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) last October, was complemented with a P2 million cash prize which the city government ought to use in the implementation of local development projects in line with the priorities of the national government on the Millennium Development Goals.

Education, through the donation and turnover of the 60 computer units to the DEPED for 7 public elementary schools and 5 public high schools in the city, is only one of the programs listed by the city government in the memorandum of agreement (MOA) forged by the city with the DILG on the implementation of the local development projects corresponding to the cash award.

The provision of the computer units to the public schools is in line with the goal of increasing the passing rate in the National Achievement Test (NAT) as well as increasing computer literacy. Specifically, the project will address the gaps in achieving university primary education and aims to address Goal 2 of the MDG as it will increase the net enrolment ratio in primary education and boost the proportion of pupils and or students who finished schooling by stimulating interest on basic computer learning.

The project likewise hopes to supplement teaching strategies and enhance efficiency in teaching to achieve better literacy rates.

Recipient public schools are Labuan Central School, Talon-talon Elementary School, Talisayan Elementary School, Curuan Central School, Ayala Central School, Maasin Elementary School, Zamboanga East Central School and the national high schools located in Ayala, Sangali, Recodo, Talon-talon and Culianan.

The Gawad Pamana ng Lahi award is initiated by the DILG in recognition of exemplary and noteworthy efforts of deserving LGUs through an award system. The award is conferred to LGUs for reasons of exemplary performance in administrative governance, social, economic and environmental governance drawn from the database of the Local Governance Performance Management System (LGPMS), Seal of good Housekeeping, International organization or National Government Agency.

The exemplary performance information is drawn from the database of the on-line Local Governance Performance Management System (LGPMS), seal of good housekeeping, international organization or national government agency-bestowed awards and acknowledged innovations,

As regional winner in the city category in Region 9, Zamboanga is qualified to the national search which will be held in 2012.

The Gawad Pamana ng Lahi Award, held for the first, is in line with DILG’s Biyaheng Pinoy: Matapat na Palakad, Bayang Maunlad, celebrating 20 years of local autonomy in the Philippines. — Sheila Covarrubias