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Gov Petilla provides alternative skills to Leyte HS students

By Rodrigo S. Victoria

Tacloban City (18 November) -- In an effort to put a stop in the increasing numbers of high school students in Leyte province who because of economic constraints are unable to pursue college education, Leyte Governor Carlos Jericho Petilla had a fantastic idea for the provincial government to initiate an education program that will provide alternative skills to the mentioned target group.

Governor Petilla relayed this information, speaking before a big crowd during the launching of the school building rehabilitation program for Gov. E. Jaro Elementary School held recently in Babatngon, Leyte.

The school rehabilitation program for Gov. E, Jaro Elementary School in Babatngon, Leyte was part of the commitment of the National Grid Corporation of the Phillippines (NGCP) in providing better quality education to selected host communities where its facilities are located. NGCP allocated P1.5-M for the rehabilitation and refurbishment of the two-classroom, one-storey school building.

"Only 20% of students who graduates in High School go to college" Governor Petilla informed the group of NGCP, NGAs, LGU officials, teachers, parents and members of media who attended the activity.

He said that the provincial government has spent a considerable amount in the conduct of a 45-day survey research in Leyte province regarding the trend of HS students going to college.

It was found out in the research survey that HS students who did not pursue to college ended up finding menial jobs in Manila and other cities here in the region, Gov. Petilla further said.

He disclosed that the focus now of the provincial government is on providing special skill to HS students aside from the basic subjects learned in schools i.e. math, english, science and values education subjects.

Governor Petilla was talking about his innovative brain-child, the Income Creating Opportunities Thru Technology Project or ICOT-P for short, which provides opportunities for would be high school graduates who would not pursue college education to develop their skills, particularly technologies needed in the agriculture sector, entrepreneurship, and IT.

ICOT-P is a landmark program of the province of Leyte, a milestone in its efforts to provide quality life for its constituents through community development, values formation and development and poverty alleviation.

He said that HS students who are enrolled in the IT program of the provincial government, a computer literacy program, are more employable than students who graduated in a four-year course in college.

He further disclosed that there are graduates from the IT program of the provincial government who ended up in better and high paying jobs in Metro Manila.

At present, Governor Petilla said, some HS students are enrolled under this program on JAVA programming, a more advance knowledge and skill on computer literacy. (PIA 8) [top]

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