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PIA Press Release
2009/06/06

Solon gives P3M worth of books to DepEd Kalinga

Tabuk, Kalinga (6 June) -- In his commitment to improve the quality of education in the province, Kalinga Congressman Manuel S. Agyao gave P3 million worth of books to the Department Education (DepEd) Kalinga Division last May 29 at the Bulanao Pastoral Center.

DepEd Kalinga Division Supply Officer Elvira Bawagan said that DepEd through the supplier Vicarish Publication and Trading delivered 10,360 books to Kalinga. These include the pre-school books,Sounds for Beginning Reading for Preschool and Workjobs with Numbers for preschool; Effective Drills in English Grammar 1 to 4 and Music, Arts and Physical Education, Health 1 to 4.

Said books were made available through the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) of the congressman directly allocated to DepEd for the provision of the needed book supply for the pre-school, primary and secondary schools in the province.

This is in support to the call of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo to pour more local funds for the poor investing on human development like education, livelihood, health, and needed economic infrastructure projects to boost the potentials of the countryside.

In his speech during the turn over of books, the solon underscored the significant role of teachers in attaining quality education.

"In the learning process, a book is just a waste without the guidance, dedication and persistence of teachers to educate their students," he said stressing that is the responsibility of the teacher to adopt strategies to enhance the learning process, like adjusting to the level of their students. He also emphasized the need to change the attitude of some teachers citing the common observation and problem of absenteeism among public school teachers.

In support to the development of education in Kalinga, the congressman reported that out of the 32 bills, several bills on the conversion of school annexes to national high school status in the province are now in the senate for the third reading. He hopes for their approval anytime soon. First to be approved during his term was the Naneng National High School of Tabuk City.

The congressman has also allocated for scholarships under the NCIP, CHED and TESDA. Kalinga he said has also received the highest allocation for teaching items this year with 21 new positions.

He also revealed that he was able to solicit three school buildings through personal efforts. Two of these he said were committed by the President of the Filipino-Chinese Chamber of Commerce and another building from a private contractor. These are aside from the school buildings committed by the DepEd national office. (ggd/PIA-Kalinga) [top]

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