Youth education, priority concern of Agusan del Norte
By Robert E. Roperos
Butuan City (18 June) -- Believing that education is the key to reduce poverty, Agusan del Norte Governor Erlpe John Amante strengthens youth education program as one of the priority concerns of his administration.
During the State of the Province Address of the governor held here on Thursday (June 17), he reported that his administration was able to attain a mean percentage score (MPS) of 80.98% in 2009, which has a significant increase of 2.81% from the 78.17% in 2008. "2009 was a banner year in our effort to educate our children. Our mean percentage score was only 78.17% in 2008. In 2009, we were able to attain an MPS of 80.98%," the governor said.
Likewise, Gov. Amante proudly reported that the province has sustained its number one position in Caraga Region by getting highest percentage scores in Reading, Grammar, and Science and Health in the National Achievement Test.
"The future of our children is shining even better even brighter. Complementing our efforts in the formal education were our activities in providing technical vocational education and training or the TVET. TESDA reported that in 2009, the number of trainings jumped 435% or from 9,655 in 2008 to 42,074 in 2009. Added to this, 4,170 students were given scholarships, the cost of which totaled P36.9 million," he added.
Ensuring that academic improvements were matched with corresponding facilities, the governor said their partnership with other stakeholders like the non-government sectors, resulted to the building of 11 additional classrooms. Moreover, the province was able to open new Integrated Secondary Schools: three in the municipality of Buenavista and one in the municipality of Nasipit.
To achieve an educated and healthy citizenry, Amante revealed that his administration were able to provide over 2,360 various social welfare services at a cost of Php 1.6 million.
He added that through the three-year Early Childhood Care and Development Project costing Php 23.7, the province were able to rehabilitate and upgrade 18 barangay health centers, distribute medicine and essential drugs, and provide hot meals for 467 pre-school children from 15.5% to 13.31%. "This gained the province a Garantisadong Pambata Champ Award given by the DOH with Php 300,000 as incentive," Gov. Amante said.
Moreover, Gov. Amante reported that the province's mortality rate went down from 2.97/1,000 live births in 2008 to 2.86 in 2009. "Last year, 93% of our children were fully given immunization. Corollary to these interventions, our infant mortality rate went down from 2.97/1,000 live births in 2008 to 2.86 in 2009," he said. (PIA-Caraga) [top]