DepEd awards Iloilo City for adopt-a-school program-A A +A
Thursday, October 11, 2012
THE Department of Education (DepEd) has recognized Iloilo City for its Adopt-a-School program in collaboration with the private sector.
The award, a replica of the old Gabaldon school building, was given to Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog early this week by Iloilo City schools Superintendent Nelly Valerio.
DepEd Secretary Armin Luistro awarded Mabilog in recognition of his support in providing the DepEd with 30 classrooms, 120 armchairs, 40 school equipment and various infrastructures toward improving the quality of public education through the Adopt-a-School program.
Mabilog said the Iloilo City School Board, which spearheads the special education fund chaired by the city mayor, works hard to attain additional classrooms and chairs for the students of public elementary and high schools in the city.
The private sector such as the Filipino Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry, One Meal, Jollibee and other private individuals and corporations donated a number of classrooms and equipment to the city public schools.
Mabilog said three public elementary here will soon be converted into integrated high schools in preparation for the K+12 program.
These elementary schools are the Bitoon Elementary School and Sambag Elementary School in Jaro district, and Bonifacio Elementary School in the city proper. Classes in the 2013 school year will be from regular first year to fourth year.
Mabilog said the integrated public high schools are expected to pull down dropout rates of students living in villages far from the established high schools.