Pampanga to build more school buildings in 2024 — local exec
The provincial capitol of Pampanga is slated to build more school buildings, including two high school learning facilities, as part of its goal to make education more accessible to Pampangueños.
Board Member Mylyn Pineda-Cayabyab of the province’s 2nd district said the province’s 2024 budget will have some P200 million for the local government’s Special Education Fund (SEF).
She said more than half of the SEF has been appropriated for the building of elementary and high school buildings.
“Yung big chunk sa budget ng 2024 ay mapupunta sa mga school buildings. Doon sa mga bibigyan natin na school buildings, dalawa doon ay bagong high schools sa ilang bayan natin dito sa probinsya. Pina finalize lang namin, pero sigurado etong matutuloy,” she said.
She noted that there are high school buildings in the province are much lesser than the number of elementary school buildings, which makes it hard for more students to further their education.
“Kung ilan ang elementary natin, wala man sa kalahati ang HS natin. Kaya kami sa provincial government, hindi namin pababayan ang DepEd (Department of Education) na sila lang ang magpupuno sa pagkukulang pagdating sa education. Nakasuporta tayo riyan,” she added.
Pineda-Cayabyab said the construction of the additional school buildings will allow more students to go to school.
“Yan talaga ang priority namin ni Gov. Delta (Gov. Dennis Pineda)… na sana halos lahat ng Kapampangan kung maari makatapos ng pag aaral,” she said.
The provincial government has recently added 2,984 scholars as beneficiaries of its Educational Financial Assistance Program (EFAP).
Gov. Pineda, along with Board Members Pineda-Cayabyab and Fritzie David Dizon, recently distributed a cash assistance of P4,000 each to the new beneficiaries, which includes 113 Aetas from the upland areas of Porac and Floridablanca.
The distribution of the education subsidy was held at the Guagua National Colleges and Bren Z Guiao Convention Center.
At the same time, Pineda-Cayabyab appealed to all town mayors of Pampanga to support the provincial government’s plan to establish satellite campuses or state universities in their jurisdictions.
“Sa mga kasama nating mayors, sana suportahan natin ang pagkakaroon ng state universities sa mga bayan. Hindi naman kaya ng provincial government na kami lang. At syempre kasama din ang CHED (Commission on Higher Education), at ang basic education. Kami dito sa kapitolyo, priority natin ‘yan,” she said.
“Nung panahon ko bilang mayor, masaya ako nung nagkaroon ng DHVSU satellite campus sa Lubao. Ginawa natin ito sa iba pang bayan natin kaya tumaas ang enrollees natin. Sana mas marami pang makatapos ng kolehiyo,” she added.
The Don Honorio Ventura State University (DHVSU) is a state university in Bacolor, Pampanga. It has six satellite campuses in Apalit, Candaba, Porac, Mexico, Santo Tomas and Lubao. It is considered as the oldest vocational school in Far East Asia.
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