Beng cites need for feasibility study for new brgy hi-schools PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 08 August 2013 13:23

Mayor Beng Climaco yesterday pointed out that education is one of her administration’s top priorities, but she clarified that all proposals and requests for the opening of new high schools in certain barangays must first and foremost need a feasibility study.

Climaco made the clarification during the third day budget forum for the barangays yesterday morning at Centro Latino, which was attended by barangay officials from the east coast and islands.

The lady chief executive was responding to requests made by the barangay chairmen of Manalipa and Tictabon, both are island villages.

Both barangay officials claimed that presently they have close to 1,000 graduating elementary pupils, who will be going to high school next year, and they would have to travel by boat to the mainland in Barangay Arena Blanco for their secondary education.

Climaco said before any high school can be established in the barangay, a feasibility study has to be conducted, and if it is found to be viable an endorsement has to be made to the Department of Education through the City Schools Division Office and the Local School Board.

She also cited the possibility of bringing alternative learning system to the island barangays instead of opening up new high schools.

Meanwhile, the mayor said she has yet to personally review the memorandum of agreement between the city government of Zamboanga through then mayor Celso Lobregat and the Western Mindanao State University (WMSU) regarding the operation of an external unit in Curuan.

This, after the barangay officials of Curuan brought to the mayor’s attention the lack of classrooms for the college students, prompting the teachers to cancel classes, to the disadvantage of the students.

The barangay budget forum is conducted every year by the Local Finance Committee to update the barangay officials on the latest issuances regarding budget preparations and to discuss issues affecting the barangays, being the primary implementing unit of government plans and programs.

The forum also serves as an avenue for the barangay officials to know their duties and functions, sources of income, taxation power, accounting procedures and planning of projects and programs for the succeeding fiscal year.

Also brought up during the forum were unfinished projects by the previous administration like road concreting, water system, covered court and other concerns.

Last Tuesday, Climaco told the barangay chairpersons that in case of emergency, they are what she termed as “incident commanders” who will be reporting directly to City Administrator Antonio Orendain Jr. as the city’s “incident coordinator”. — Vic Larato