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Beng highlights support to education with school bldgs., teachers

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Mayor Beng Climaco welcomes students to public schools this year with the construction of 21 climate change resilient school buildings in different barangays as well as the hiring of 40 local school board teachers to augment the DEPED requirement this school year.

Today, the mayor is set turnover education-related infrastructures at the San Roque Elementary School and at the Zamboanga National High School-West to also highlight the city’s support to education.

The 21 school buildings, costing some P322.80 million are in various stages of completion in different barangays and are expected to be turned over in time for school year 2018-2019.

The green and climate change resilient design for new public school buildings prepared by the CEO’s Architectural Division under Arch. Rodel Falcasantos, is the first of its kind in Zamboanga. The new features include rain water collector and passive cooling system, natural light and ventilation innovations to name a few.

Among the schools where such buildings will be constructed are Tulungatung National High School, Ramon Enriquez NHS, Manicahan NHS, Cabaluay NHS among others.

Meanwhile, the Climaco-led Local School Board has hired 40 public secondary and elementary school teachers to augment the teacher requirement of the Department of Education.

Apart from infrastructures, hiring of teachers, the city also allocated funds for other education-related projects to include the purchase of arm chairs, the grant of regular monthly allowance for teachers, a practice that has been going on for the past several years and other programs.

“We invest in education because it is our central strategy to combat poverty, enhance human resource and ensure a brighter future for many of our children and young people”, the mayor emphasized.

Classes in all public elementary and secondary schools opened Monday, June 4. The City Schools Division Office targets over 230,000 students to return to school this year – 19,357 of which are in kindergarten, 143,106 in elementary school, 63,925 in junior high school and 9,577 in senior high school.(Sheila Covarrubias)