ANGELES City Mayor Carmelo “Pogi” Lazatin Jr.’s educational assistance to public schools and teachers amid the pandemic has received recognition from the Department of Education (DepEd) in Central Luzon.
The award was conferred to Lazatin during a virtual recognition hosted by the regional DepEd office on December 28.
The virtual awarding ceremonies recognized the topmost involvement and participation of various stakeholders in ensuring that education must continue amid the threat of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Lazatin has allotted P209 million to purchase 61,200 tablets for 55,000 Grades 4 to 12 students and 3,000 school teachers in 53 public schools, and 3,200 scholars in the City College of Angeles.
The tablets are exclusively being used in the transition to online learning, which are said to be given back to the school’s administration at the end of the school year.
To date, 49,992 tablets have already been distributed in 48 public schools and are currently being used by students from Grades 4 to 12.
Lazatin has also allocated P20 million for free wifi connection, installing 200 access points in the city’s 33 barangays to further help them with their online classes.
The city government has also distributed via house-to-house P1,000 educational financial assistance to 1,000 indigent students throughout the city’s 33 barangays amid the pandemic.
Realizing the readiness of public schools facilities and infrastructure once face-to-face learning is implemented, Lazatin has set aside P5 million for the repair of daycare centers and classrooms; P12 million to purchase air conditioning units and television sets for all 76-day care centers; and P30 million from the Local School Board fund for 2021 will be used for the repair of public elementary schools, including comfort rooms, and construction of additional classrooms for public high schools.
He also announced additional courses, construction of classrooms and buildings at the CCA, using the P500million donation from Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation.
The city government also allotted P25 million for the skills training and livelihood assistance program for the parents of students to ensure that they have the means to sustain their needs and provide their children an adequate standard of living. This includes a P3-million budget for the social pension of all solo parents living in the city.
Meanwhile, to efficiently combat illegal drugs and save Angeleno children from its grip, a P2-million budget was allotted for the operation of “Bahay Pag-Asa” to turn it into a premier reformation center for youth offenders through its skills training, life skills and alternative learning system.