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Gov Moreno opens high school for Gingoog City's upland barangays

Cagayan de Oro City (19 June) -- Another new secondary school was formally opened yesterday to serve the outlying areas of Gingoog City with the turnover of two newly constructed classrooms in Barangay Samay.

Misamis Oriental Governor Oscar S. Moreno joined City Mayor Ruthie de Lara-Guingona and School Superintendent Cherry Mae L. Limbaco in the turnover ceremonies in a school that will be known as LURISA Annex of Gingoog City Comprehensive High School.

LURISA is the acronym of Barangays Lunotan, Risoro and Samay, three of the remote barangays of Gingoog where most parents find it financially difficult to send their children to high school in the city proper due to high transportation cost.

"The world is getting competitive, hence we need to prepare our children to face the challenges ahead," said Governor Moreno in his message, adding that two or three more classrooms will be constructed next school year depending on the enrolment.

The two classrooms in LURISA Annex are among the 38 classrooms that the provincial government has to rush for completion for this school year, bringing the total number of newly constructed classrooms under the Moreno administration to 208 in the last five years.

Governor Moreno recalled that last month he also witnessed the turnover ceremonies of five newly constructed classrooms in Talisay National High School which is also in Gingoog City.

He said there are other national high schools in Gingoog City which he helped established when he was the province's first congressional district representative and these are the Kalipay National High School, San Luis National High School, and Mimbunga National High School.

These, he said, are now getting regular appropriations from the national government's General Appropriations Act. Yet, the provincial government will continue to support them through the Local School Board Fund.

Last week, another high school in Balingasag, the Rosario National High School was also opened while two classrooms are being constructed as there are already 38 enrollees.

Governor Moreno said that other fine examples include the Lumbo National High School in Lagonglong where, after it was opened last year with two classrooms they are now constructing three more classrooms.

In another recently created Molugan National High School in El Salvador, enrolment has reached to 526 this school year from 126 two years ago, hence from four classrooms that were constructed in 2007 the provincial government is currently putting up six more.

For Naawan National High School in Barangay Linangcayan, the provincial government has already completed 18 classrooms since 2006 since enrolment continued to swell every school year.

"We have to make sure that no child is left out. We have to provide them the opportunity to learn and receive the basic education," the governor pointed out."

As of this school year, LURISA Annex has 112 enrollees in first year level and yet many of them are already from 17 to 20 years old, according to LURISA Annex school in-charge Vilma Hisola.

Hisola said they expect enrolment to increase next year, adding that with the support of the parents they will make sure that nobody will drop out from school from the current first year enrollees. (Misamis Oriental Press Office) [top]

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