THE Davao City Government will conduct a feasibility study to establish a community college and a community hospital.
Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio said during her State of the City Address last Tuesday, September 12, that they are allotting budget for the study as she believes that granting scholarships to send students to private colleges and universities can help the students more.
"We are still mulling the possibility of a City College, however, based on my personal experience in government, operating businesses usually deteriorates over time and the quality of service becomes stagnant. I believe using scholarships to send students to world-class private schools is a better strategy and better for their resume," Duterte-Carpio said.
She added that despite her personal idea on the capacity of the government to run long-term projects, she will still push for the study.
Duterte-Carpio also reported updates on the education services provided by the city.
She also reported the city's accomplishments on the number of students who availed of different city-offered services and scholarships.
She added that the Universal Medical Dental Check-up Program, funded by the Special Education Fund, examined 47,733 students - 57 percent were secondary students, 36 percent were elementary pupils and three percent were pre-schoolers.
She also said that a total of 1,645 students were also enrolled in Sunday High School Program for the school year 2016-2017.
Thirty six students are currently enrolled in the Alternative Learning System Basic Literacy Program, while 1,696 are in the Accreditation and Equivalency Elementary & Secondary Program; 2,265 in the Non-formal Education Accreditation and Equivalency Program; and 1,702 in the Informal Education Literacy cum Livelihood Skills Training Program.
A total of 1,059 City Government Scholars were enrolled during the first semester of school year 2017-2018, as follows: 560 in the Scholarship on Tertiary Education Program, 52 students in Financial Assistance Program for Lumads, 37 medical students and 19 law students in Medical and Law School Educational Assistance Program, 49 in Technical and Vocational Skills Training Program, 14 students in Educational Assistance for Persons with Disability or Persons with Special Needs, 80 students in educational assistance for twin bombing victims and their beneficiaries, and 248 students in Special Education Assistance Program.
Duterte-Carpio said that this school year, 22 percent shortage of classrooms was addressed.
"At the start of the school year 2016-2017, we have a classroom shortage of 851. Appropriations using the Special Education Fund for the school year have trimmed down the shortage by 22 percent or 665 classrooms for the current school year," Duterte-Carpio said.
She said that they also increased the honorarium of the home-based day care teachers and some barangay-based teachers.
"We believe that the increased incentives will improve the quality of the educational preparation made for our young children’s entry to kindergarten," Duterte-Carpio said.
Education is part of the 10-point agenda of the city mayor along with poverty alleviation, infrastructure development, solid waste and management, health, agriculture, tourism, transportation planning and traffic management, peace and order, and disaster risk reduction and mitigation.
Published in the SunStar Davao newspaper on September 14, 2017.
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