Guv prioritizes education-A A +A
Saturday, February 1, 2014
CLARK FREEPORT – Education remains as one of the top priorities of Gov. Lilia Pineda as the provincial government allotted close to P300 million for the improvement of public schools’ facilities in Pampanga.
This, according to the Provincial Engineer’s Office (PEO) Assistant Provincial Engineer Olimpio “Noli” Pangan who presented a report in a meeting at the Widus Convention Center here led by Pineda and officials of state universities.
Pineda, a two-term governor who started her term in 2010, called on the meeting to ensure the establishment of more extension campuses of Don Honorio Ventura Technological State University (DHVTSU) and the Pampanga State Agricultural University (PSAU). She also announced her aggressive program to help provide quality education at the public elementary and high schools.
Pangan, in his presentation, said that Pineda had infused P293,235,969 for the construction of 155 classrooms, repair of 267 classrooms, construction of 17 multi-purpose covered areas and stages and 41 comfort rooms. He added that it benefitted 148 public schools.
Dr. Caridad Abuan, regional director of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), said in her speech that “I am impressed by the love of Gov. Pineda for education.”
“Her (Pineda) heart is for the improvement of education,” added the newly assigned CHED Central Luzon director.
Abuan urged Pineda to make “Pampanga the center of quality higher education.”
For her part, Pineda said that “education and health aspects are among her top priorities.”
Pineda said that “it is important to provide affordable college education because it reduces the number of those skipping colleges due to high cost of fee at private schools.”
The provincial government has at least 3,200 college scholars, disclosed Provincial Librarian Bessie Makabali who is in charge of the scholarships program.
Abuan lauded the efforts of Pineda to establish state university campuses at far-flung villages in Pampanga.
Pineda also tapped out-of-school youths and the Pampanga Manpower Training Center headed by Francis Maslog to make 13,700 plastic and wood armchairs.
Pangan also showed photos and details of some of the projects, including the establishment of the extension campus of the DHVTSU in Sto. Tomas town benefitting students at the province’s fourth district and nearby villages at Pampanga’s capital city.
Pineda allotted some P35 million for the rehabilitation of an abandoned national government building, which is now known as the DHVTSU-Sto. Tomas campus.
Pineda also gave P20 million for the improvement of the facilities at the Philippine Air Force Flying School in Barangay Palmayo Resettlement, Floridablanca, Pampanga. Her efforts will help provide much-sought out commercial pilots, particularly coming from Pampanga.
Pineda also supported the establishment of the DHVTSU campus in Porac town pushed by Mayor Carling De La Cruz, Vice Mayor Dexter David and former Second District Board Member Fritzie David-Dizon.
Macabebe Mayor Annette Flores-Balgan on Tuesday said she and Pineda are determined to create a DHVTSU campus in the coastal Pampanga town and nearby Masantol.
DHVTSU President Enrique Baking earlier said that Pineda’s family had donated more than one-hectare property in Barangay San Agustin, Lubao for the campus at the governor’s hometown.
Pineda also announced her plan to establish PASU campuses to make “more well-educated farmers” in Pampanga.
Pampanga Mayors League (PML) President Mayor Oscar “Jun” Tetangco of Apalit,
Board Members Teddy Tumang, Gerome Tubig, Arthur Salalila, Michael Tapang, Cherry Manalo and Mabalacat City Mayor Marino Morales graced the meeting. (PR/Pampanga PIO)
Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on February 01, 2014.