CITY of San Fernando Mayor Edwin Santiago, during the Alay Lakad 2017 press conference held at the city hall on Monday, have emphasized that "human capital investment is a lifetime investment for the development of a community."
Santiago said that the City Government, together with its partners in the private sector, continue to prioritize the education of Fernandino youth due to its significance in raising a progressive city.
He said that a good education system serves as a foundation for a community and a preparation for the development that it may have.
"Human capital investment is built to last. For me, it is the real resource that can be used not only by this generation but for the succeeding generations to come," Santiago said.
Through education, a community is able to produce marketable and competitive skills and professions that are beneficial to the economy, he added.
He also noted his goal of further enhancing the city's education system to be able to produce more professionals that will serve the public in various sectors.
He expressed his hopes that the future generation would prefer staying in the country than working overseas to help in the development of San Fernando.
"If we can provide more job opportunities, we can encourage the youth to stay and personally witness and experience the cycle so when they assume our places, they will be very knowledgeable," he said.
As part of the assistance given to the education sector, Santiago said that the City Government continues its vow of doubling the amount raised in the annual Alay Lakad event.
He said that the City Government allocates at least P400,000 per year for the said activity which will greatly benefit hundreds of scholars.
Santiago also acknowledged the efforts of the Alay Lakad Foundation for continuously helping the Fernandino youth through their scholarship program.
"They are helping without getting anything in return and we cannot thank them enough for their sacrifices and efforts," he noted.