By Merlina Hernando-Malipot
The Department of Education (DepEd) expressed optimism that more students will benefit from the Senior High School (SHS) program along with the help of various local government units (LGUs).
DepEd, led by Secretary Leonor Briones, recently accepted the four-story, 23-classroom building of Flora A. Ylagan SHS turned over by the local government of Quezon City. “I am very glad to hear that you are going to offer courses particularly in technical-vocational which will enable our graduates to find jobs, if they wish to work,” she said.
The Flora A. Ylagan SHS is expected to accommodate the 240 SHS students and 19 teachers. The strands being offered are Information and Communications Technology (programming and animation) and Home Economics (cookery/bread and pastry/food and beverages; travel services/tourism promotion/local guiding services) under the Technical-Vocational-Livelihood (TVL) track. It was built on October 6, 2017 and is worth P62,208,998.34.
Briones expressed her gratitude for the continuing support of the Quezon City government under the leadership of Mayor Herbert Bautista, who also graced the inauguration. “This is a great occasion because the inauguration of this building really exemplifies the great partnerships between the local governments and the Department of Education,” she said.
Meanwhile, Briones emphasized the significance of the LGUs’ “active participation in delivering quality, accessible, relevant, and liberating basic education for all.”
Briones added that LGUs are one of the “most generous and supportive” allies of the DepEd. Despite the fact that this is a national mandate, she noted that “local governments really support us in more ways than one.”
Aside from Briones and Bautista, also present during the inauguration and turn-over ceremony were DepEd National Capital (NCR) Region Director Wilfredo Cabral and DepEd Quezon City Schools Division Superintendent Natividad Bayubay.
Likewise, School Principal Remedios Danao conveyed her gratitude to the DepEd and the Quezon City government. She assured that the SHS building and equipment will be utilized “not only to educate our students, but mainly to produce productive citizens of the country.”
As part of their preparation for the upcoming school opening, Danao said they have already constructed laboratories; submitted the requests for teachers and equipment; received deliveries of armchairs and teachers’ tables; conducted mapping and orientations among students and parents; and led a career planning seminar for incoming Grade 11 students.