Councilor wants City aid for school graduations

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Sunday, May 18, 2014


A CEBU City councilor wants the City Government to set aside at least P3 million annually to subsidize the graduation expenses of public elementary and secondary high school students of the city.

Councilor Alvin Dizon filed before the City Council an ordinance covering the matter.

As per information from the Department of Education (DepEd) Cebu City School’s Division Superintendent Rhea Mar Angtud, Dizon said elementary school students pay P90 while high school students pay P150 for their graduation ceremony.

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The city, he said, has an average of 15,000 graduates for the elementary and 10,500 graduates for the secondary.

Dizon said the DepEd has issued DepEd Order 8 prohibiting public schools from collecting any graduation fees, but it also provides that Parents-Teachers Association may solicit contributions from their members.

In filing his proposed legislation, Dizon invoked the 1987 Philippine Constitution, which mandates local government units to assist in promoting and protecting every child’s right to education.

Under his measure, Dizon said the graduation fee subsidy, which will be charged under the City-Sponsored Activities, will be given directly to the school and not to the graduates.

The City, he said, may increase the P3 million budget every year, considering increases in the number of graduates or the inflation of goods and services.

Dizon said the Local School Board will be the one who to draft the policies and guidelines on how the schools can avail themselves of the subsidy.

During the legislative body’s May 14 session, Dizon’s proposal was referred to the committee on laws, ordinances, public accountability and good governance, headed by Councilor Sisinio Andales for report and recommendation.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on May 19, 2014.

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