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Bacolod City gov't to distribute school supplies to grade school students

Bacolod City (1 June) -- As classes for school year 2009-2010 begin today, the local government of Bacolod is preparing to distribute some 42,168 sets of school supplies to elementary students in all public schools in the city.

The distribution will be led by Bacolod City Mayor Evelio Leonardia where each set of school supplies include a backpack, five writing notebooks, a ballpen, a pencil, a box of crayons, ruler and eraser.

These materials are funded through the Local School Board with the support of the Sangguniang Panlungsod Committee on Education chaired by Councilor Greg Gasataya.

Leonardia said that the present economic crisis has led the City Government to consider giving free school supplies to public elementary students. "This is the first time in many years that the City has undertaken this project," Leonardia said.

The mayor also assured the parents that City Government will continue to implement the policy they had adopted ever since 2004 of providing public school students from paying miscellaneous fees.

The Sangguniang Panlungsod has requested all public schools, through their principals, to enroll the students without requiring them to pay any fees, adding that this policy of providing free miscellaneous fees to the students is one way of encouraging the children to go to school.

The miscellaneous fees being subsidized by the City through the Special Education Fund include the following: Red Cross P35, Boy Scout P50, Girl Scout P50, and Anti-TB P5. Payment of PTA (Parents-Teachers Association) fees will depend on the school but is not mandatory.

The mayor said that affordable quality education is one of the major thrusts of his administration. The Bacolod City College (BCC) was put up in 1997 which aims to provide cheap quality college education. During that time the school only had 97 freshmen and to date, the school has 2,390 enrollees.

This year, BCC is expected to post another dramatic increase in the number of new students this year as tuition fee remains at P30 per unit. The mayor stressed that there are no plans of increasing the tuition fee in the near future considering the present economic crisis affecting the people. (CMO/PIA/EAD) [top]

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