Guv hears education issues

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Sunday, March 23, 2014


BACOLOR -- Governor Lilia Pineda met over the weekend with educational managers of various community colleges in the province along with school principals of public high schools to discuss concerns in education.

Pineda was concern on the woes faced by community colleges in financing their operations and their programs for indigent students.

The governor said the Provincial Government is ready to coordinate with the National Government in easing out policies on community colleges to make them more fiscally stable.

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The meeting also cantered on the need to create more scholarship programs for community colleges to enable more students to get education. Pineda said that the province is set to provide more scholarship slots to help students and the operation of community colleges in the province.

Education remains as one of the top priorities of Pineda as the provincial government allotted close to P300 million for the improvement of public schools' facilities in Pampanga.

Pineda, a two-term governor who started her term in 2010, called on the meeting to ensure the establishment of more extension campuses of Don Honorio Ventura Technological State University (DHVTSU) and the Pampanga State Agricultural University (PSAU). She also announced her aggressive program to help provide quality education at the public elementary and high schools.

Pineda had infused P293,235,969 for the construction of 155 classrooms, repair of 267 classrooms, construction of 17 multi-purpose covered areas and stages and 41 comfort rooms. He added that it benefitted 148 public schools.

"We are always ready to address the needs of our schools. Meetings like this would enable us to address properly issues in education," Pineda said.

Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on March 24, 2014.

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