City, DepEd ink MOA for 2 annex high schools PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 13 June 2013 12:55

The City’s assistance and support to the education sector continues to soar as the creation of two new national high schools—in Pasonanca and Tulungatung have been formalized through a memorandum of agreement between the City Government and the Department of Education (DepEd).

The MOA was forged by Mayor Celso Lobregat and City Schools OIC Superintendent Pedro Melchor Natividad in ceremonies held at the City Hall conference room highlighting the celebration of the 115th anniversary of the declaration of Philippine Independence yesterday.

Standing witnesses to the significant event were Vice Mayor Cesar Iturralde, Councilor Rudy Lim, who heads the Council committee on education, Assistant City Schools Superintendent Jose Fernandez, barangay chairmen Charlito Sumbrana and Efigenio Julian Jr. and the kagawads of Tulungatung and Pasonanca respectively and other education and city officials.

The Tulungatung NHS is the annex for Ayala National High School while Pasonanca NHS is the annex for the Don Pablo Lorenzo Memorial High School.

Under the MOA, the City and the DepEd will coordinate efforts and share in resources to ensure the successful operation of the two schools. The city is providing the sites for the schools as well as will provide funds for the construction of the school buildings.

When he assumes office as Representative of the City’s First District in the House of Congress, Lobregat’s priorities will include the legislation of the Tulungatung and Pasonanca National High Schools to ensure their inclusion in the national budget.

But for now, while the law is not yet passed, the City Government will include in the local budget a P500,000 allocation for Maintenance, Operation and other expenses (MOOE) of the said new schools.

The creation of the two new high schools is backed by resolutions approved by the City Council.

Lobregat vowed that education will continue to be one of his main priorities as it is the key to solving poverty in the city and the country.

Since 2007, the Lobregat administration has invested some P1.3 billion for education that includes the construction and repair of school buildings, covered courts, drainage and slope protection projects, creation of new schools and numerous other education-related projects.

Julian and Sumbrana thanked the Lobregat administration and the DepEd for the initiative of opening a high school facility in their individual barangay as they cited the increasing population of young students in their areas of jurisdiction.

Apart from the Pasonanca and Tulungatung high schools, the city has also initiated the   opening of 5 public schools in the last nine years—considered a breakthrough in the City Government’s education efforts.

The establishment of the Talon-talon National High School, Recodo National High School, Capisan National High School, Lubigan Annex High School and the Landang Gua Integrated School are monumental testimonies to the city’s priority concern for quality education.

Also present during the MOA signing activity yesterday were Ayala National High School principal Dr. Socorro Canaya, DPLMHS principal Dr. Pilar Gregorio, Pasonanca NHS head Jonathan Silao, Tulungatung NHS head Olivia Soriano, Atty. Ed Fronda from the City Legal Office and other education and barangay officials. —Sheila Covarrubias