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“They have now a home of their own.”
This was how Mayor Oscar Moreno describes the just inaugurated 3 storey-16 classroom Balulang National High School of Brgy Balulang on October 28, 2014.
Mayor Moreno, during the inauguration, said the new Balulang National High School will now have its own site situated along a one-hectare lot along Sentro Ilaya of the said barangay.
Moreno said this is only the beginning of solving classroom shortage in the city which resulted to emergency classes that cause the deterioration of the of education of the children.
“It is very tragic since Cagayan de Oro is the center of education in Northern Mindanao and yet it’s (quality of education) especially in the public elementary and secondary high school is very deteriorating given that education was given less priority in the previous years,” Moreno said.
Ms. Ma. Dulce Potenciano, focal person on education of the city and executive director of the Local School Board, said the opening of the classroom building will serve the over 150 students and will no longer be called an annex high school of Cagayan de Oro National High School.
Potenciano added the Moreno administration vowed to solve the problems on education especially on annex high schools that has been neglected for years.
The P19.9 million school building project is funded under the Special Education Fund (SEF) and approved by the 15-man team of the Local School Board (LSB).
Construction of classrooms started few months after Mayor Moreno took over the rein of leadership in Cagayan de Oro when he won against former Mayor Vicente Emano.
Also present during the turn-over ceremony were representative of 1st District Rep. Rolando Uy, members of the LSB and DepEd officials.
The SEF was taken from a percentage of the Real Property Tax collected by the city.
The Balulang National High School, along with the new 1 storey-3classroom building of Man-ai Elementary School in Sitio Man-ai Brgy Tignapoloan, 1 srtorey-6classroom Tumpagon National High School and 3-storey-21 classroom PN Roa Elementary School were among the many classroom buildings already turned over by the city this year.
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