THE Mandaue City Schools Division won the national championship in a skills competition held last Feb. 5-10 in Naga City, unseating the defending champions from the National Capital Region (NCR).

Teacher and coach Dante Infante said during the team’s recent courtesy call on Mayor Jonas Cortes it was a sweet victory for Mandauehanons and that this is the third such title for the city.

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“We are very happy that we have proven ourselves against NCR. It is a combination of study and prayer,” said Shari Mae Tamisin, fourth year student of the Mandaue City Science High School (MCSHS), one of the three contestants in the industrial technology category.

She shared the national award with Juanimel Pogay, a senior, and Racilla Vieve Rizon, a junior, both from the same school.

Organized by the Student Technologists and Entrepreneurs of the Philippines and the Department of Education, the 8th National Skills Development Competitions focused on four categories.

These are industrial technology, agri-fisheries, home technology and information, communications technology (ICT), the City Schools Division said in a press statement.

To qualify, contestants must first win in the division and regional eliminations.

The 41-member delegation from Mandaue represented Central Visayas and was headed by Reina Perez, principal of the Mandaue City Comprehensive National High School.

She was assisted by two principals, Rosario Casilagan of the Mandaue City Science High School and Myrna Tiu of Subangdaku Technical and Vocational High School.

Perez, for her part, thanked the mayor for the logistical support sourced from the Special Education Fund for their stay in Naga, in the Bicol Region.

“It is my priority to help the youth in Mandaue excel in their talents and abilities,” Cortes told the students. (OCP)