Thursday, June 12, 2008

Kalinga officials endorse conversion of public school

PIA Kalinga

TABUK CITY, Kalinga – The sangguniang panlalawigan deliberated on the legislation by Congress of two vital projects that would pave the way for the nationalization of the Magtoma-Pangol National High School, Bawac Annex and the conversion of the Catabbogan-Buluan-Daga provincial road into a national road.

The Bawac Annex High School caters to students from the sitios along the Donglayan River in Tanudan which is growing in population because of the influx of people seeking high agricultural productivity with its improved infrastructure facilities.

Board member Antonio Bakilan said the parents-teachers-community association asked the intercession of the SP to endorse the independence of the annex school into the Western Pangol National High School to serve the educational needs of students in far-flung villages who could not attend schooling at the mother school and in central districts.

“Establishing mobile schools and hiring mobile teachers is costly and the teaching-learning process could not be fully implemented because of disorganized classes,” Bakilan said, adding that a centralized and independent high school can formally gather students in organized classrooms with a proper curriculum.

Board member Fernando Abay said the provincial government cannot maintain all the provincial roads existing in the municipalities due to meager resources. He said the province depends much on its Internal Revenue Allotment.
“Since the road is a vital link of the barangays of Pinukpuk to those in Conner, Apayao, its conversion is urgent to have a regular source of a maintenance fund to keep the agriculture competitiveness of the area,” Abay said in his defense of the bill.

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