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New Kalinga high school soon to open

by Peter A. Balocnit

TABUK, Kalinga (30 October) -- A new government high school is expected to open once Congress approves the bill creating a separate high school in Malalao here. This is being worked out by Congressman Laurence Wacnang is in consonance with the national government's program of building schools to uplift the poor from poverty through education.

The Sangguninag Bayan (SB) of Tabuk favorably endorsed House Bill No. 5016 which seeks to separate the Kalinga National High School Malalao Annex and convert it into an independent national high school to be known as Eastern Kalinga National High School.

According to the SB resolution, the passage of the bill into law will bring many advantages specially in terms of funding development and administration, among others of the resultant independent national high school.

If approved, this will be the sixth national high school created in the province under the initiative of Wacnang during his three terms as a legislator.

The resolution was forwarded to Congress thru Speaker Jose De Venencia Jr. which the body is optimistic of the Speaker's consideration.

President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has underscored the importance of quality education in uplifting the lives of the poor, as she congratulated the schools and students who topped the 2006 National Achievement Test (NAT).

In a roundtable discussion with Education Secretary Jesli Lapuz and the principal teachers of the topnotcher-schools in the 2006 NAT, the President stressed that the lives of millions of Filipinos would improve through education. "Education is very important in my goal to eradicate poverty and improve the economy," she said.

The NAT serves as an aid to government policymakers in the continuing upgrading of the country's educational system. (PIA-Kalinga) [top]

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