Leyte opens more schools to end dropouts

LEYTE. Schools Division Superintendent Ronelo Al Firmo (center) announces the opening of new secondary schools in Leyte during a meeting with some district supervisors and principals. The opening of additional secondary schools will provide more access to education and solve the school dropout issue in the Leyte province. (Ronald O. Reyes)
LEYTE. Schools Division Superintendent Ronelo Al Firmo (center) announces the opening of new secondary schools in Leyte during a meeting with some district supervisors and principals. The opening of additional secondary schools will provide more access to education and solve the school dropout issue in the Leyte province. (Ronald O. Reyes)

EDUCATION officials in Leyte have worked for the opening of additional secondary schools to provide more access to education and solve the school dropout issue in the province.

Ronelo Al Firmo, the Leyte schools division superintendent, said that the list of newly-opened schools in Leyte is increasing since he assumed office in 2013.

In Bilwang, Isabel, parents, students and barangay officials expressed their excitement over the opening of their new school to accommodate the increasing enrolment at the nearby Matlang National High School.

“We’re really thankful to Dr. Firmo for the initiative,” said Matlang National High School Principal Vivian Salahid.

The other schools to be opened include the Gimarco National High School (Tabango), Campokpok National High School (Tabango), Bachao Natonal High School (Leyte), Villahermosa National High School (Calubian), Hilusig National High School (Mahaplag), Danao Natonal High School (MacArthur), San Vicente National High School (Tolosa), Talisay National High School (Hilongos), Libertad National High School (Palo), San Jose National High School (Palo), and Cansamada National High School (Dagami).

Edgar Tenasas, assistant schools division superintendent, lauded Firmo's effort to improve access and promote opportunities by opening schools, saying it “is an action responding to our Secretary's vision for a liberating education.”

“As to the number of schools he opened during his incumbency is something worth to be proud of. My prayers that God gives him more wisdom and strength as he squarely faces all challenges he met along his journey as schools division superintendent,” Tenasas said in a statement.

The secondary schools that are established under Dr. Firmo’s administration include: Euperfia Puda National High School (Matalom), Dawahon National High School (Bato), Hampangan National High School (Hilongos), Canmarating National High School (Abuyog), Buraburon National High School (Burauen), Alegria National High School (Julita), Rizal National High School (Dulag), Manlilisid National High School (Javier), Buracan National High School (La Paz), Trinidad B. Caidic National High School (Alangalang), Borseth National High School (Alangalang), Mariano Salazar National High School (Alangalang), Bienvenido Celebre National High School (Jaro), Telesforo Calda National High School (Leyte), San Jose National High School (San Isidro), Basud National High School (San Isidro), Rafaelito Cabanas Martinez National High School (Calubian), Hinabuyan National High School (Villaba), Sambulawan National High School (Villaba), Sulpa National High School (Villaba), Sta. Filomena National High School (Isabel), Macalpiay National High School (Pastrana), Capudlosan National High School (Hindang), and Hiagsam National High School (Jaro).

Known as the biggest among the 13 schools division in Eastern Visayas region, the Leyte Division covers 40 towns with more than 15, 000 teachers assigned in

1, 107 elementary schools, 149 secondary schools, and 126 senior high schools.

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