Legacy for Education

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By Benjie R. Pangan

At Close Range

Sunday, May 11, 2014


IF THERE'S ONE legacy Mabalacat City Mayor Marino "Boking" Morales would like to leave behind long after he's gone (which may take some time, of course) is his invaluable contribution to local education, especially for his constituents of this new city.

He does talk of education for all, with an unembelished passion and school-boy interest. He has grand plans for the sector, subject of his various talks with the stakeholders.

His May 7th tete-a-tete with media men was another proof of this undertaking, done at the most appropriate venue, the brain child of his long-serving administration: the Mabalacat City College at Barangay Dolores. Present at the occasion were the foremost practitioners like Ram Mercado, Bong Lacson, Noel Tulabot and Joey Pavia for columnists and Rey Navales and Chris Navarro for photographers. Oh yes, Ray N can write news articles too.

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Now on its 6th year, Mabalacat City College has gone a long academic way-from an initial enrolment population of 62 students to a huge population of 2,700 anxious students in 2013 and more are entering it this year. And there soon will be a branch at Barangay Dapdap in order to accommodate those in the area without them going to the main thus incurring more transport expenses.

The college churned out more graduates this year: some 451 of various disciplines. Prior to this batch, the Bachelor of Education graduates who took the Licensure Examination for Teachers has registered 75% passing rate, much higher, or so Dr. Nards Canlas says, than the national mean of 35-39%. He further claims that the college abides by the standards set by the Commission on Higher Education, a body which oversees the operations and affairs of colleges and universities nationwide.

More courses are in the offing and subject for/to accreditation by Ched. Mabalacat City College has a fine set of officials: Dr. Eriberta Maglaqui, Carmelita P. Sotto, VP for Finance and Administration and Atty. Robert John Donesa. Its Board of Trustees is headed by City Mayor Marino Morales.

The city has a division office to oversee public and private secondary and elementary schools. Headed by Dr. Nicolas T. Capulong, who is a no nonsense administrator and works for the conservation and promotion of the resources of the schools division. He currently monitors the construction and completion of a two-storey building inside the Mabalacat Elementary School compound which shall be the permanent office of the division.

This school year SY 2014-2015 will see a rise in enrolment figures in all schools in the city. Embracing the tenet, Education for All, I'm sure nobody is turned away or refused entrance into the city's educational institutions.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on May 12, 2014.

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