BONTOC, Mountain Province – Public elementary and secondary schools here received P23,966.46 each as financial assistance and P5,000 each as support for the Brigada Eskwela under the local government unit’s Special Education Fund (SEF).
Mainit National High School received an additional budget of P100,000 for the development or improvement of the school.
The Mountain Province General Comprehensive High School (MPGCHS) will receive an additional budget of P200,000 for the Special Program in the Arts and Special Program in Journalism .
MPGCHS is yet to receive its share of P23,966.46 until it submits a liquidation report of the P10,000 as the LGU’s aid to Brigada Eskwela for MPGCHS Junior and Senior High schools.
Bontoc Mayor Jerome Tudlong, Jr., said the LGU is committed to assisting the Department of Education and the different public schools.
He added education is one of the priority programs of his administration.
Schools Division District Supervisor Nestor Morareng expressed gratitude to the LGU for its support to the education sector.
He lauded Bontoc for being the only LGU in Mountain Province to download the financial assistance under the SEF to the schools so they can allot the budget according to their needs.
Aside from the provision of financial assistance and support to Brigada Eskwela, the LGU also allocates budget for Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, District Athletic Meet, Cordillera Administrative Region Athletic Association Meet, Batang Pinoy or Philippine National Games, Alternative Learning System; financial aid to Provincial Meet; allocation of cash incentives for the Oplan Pera sa Basura; and the institutionalization of the annual Bontoc District Teachers Day Celebration and allotment of a separate budget for this purpose. To encourage students to excel either in academic and/or sports competitions at the provincial, regional, national, or international levels and bring honor to the municipality, the municipal government has, for how many years now, allocated P300,000 per year for cash incentives to students who bring home gold, silver, or bronze medals. – Alpine L. Killa-Malwagay