The Taguig City government assured anew free graduation for all graduating students in the city’s 34 public elementary and high schools this month amid reports of complaints of graduation fees aired by parents in other cities and municipalities, Mayor Lani Cayetano said.
Apart from graduation expenses, Mayor Lani said that the city government will provide graduating students with free togas and shoulder yearbook fees, in a bid to ease the economic burdens of families.
“The city government will assist in every way it can to sustain the needs of every student in our city,” said the mayor.
This year, a total of 17,613 students will graduate from Taguig’s public schools, consisting of 10,756 elementary and 6,857 high school students.
The free graduation in Taguig City is in line with the Department of Education (DepEd) Order No. 9, released last January 27 prohibiting public school heads, teachers and DepEd personnel from collecting “any graduation fees or any kind of contribution for the graduation rites.”
As in the past year, the city government will also give financial assistance to Top 10 students of the graduating class. Besides, the most outstanding student of each section in all levels from elementary and high school will be given financial support. (pls. clarify that the purpose of the financial assistance is to help parents and students with expenses in h.s. and college)
According to Mayor Lani, the city government is providing financial support to students because she wants deserving students to continue pursuing their education.
“I understand the importance of education. I also recognize that many students do not enroll in further studies due to different reasons. This is the reason why I and the rest of our allies in the city council laid out education programs that would give opportunities to our Taguig youth,” Mayor Lani pointed out.
For his part, Atty. Darwin Icay, Mayor Lani’s spokesperson, noted that the Cayetano administration has implemented significant reforms in education, including this year’s P200 million scholarship fund, which is double the P100 million allocated in 2011.
“Aiming for the 1:45 ideal teacher-student ratio, the city government implemented the Taguig Learner’s Certificate (TLC) Program to improve the quality of education. Under this program, more than 1,000 public high school students were transferred to various private schools in our city,” said Atty. Icay, also the Public Information Office chief.
The Cayetano administration has also unveiled several public school buildings and hired additional teachers, he added.
“The unwavering support of Mayor Lani in the education sector does not end there because for the first time, all public school students have been given complete school uniforms. We provide ready-to-wear uniforms, bags, pairs of shoes, notebooks, pencils and paper, compared with the past administration wherein students were provided only with fabric,” Atty. Icay said.
Recently, Mayor Lani donated new sets of sound equipment to all public schools in Taguig. Also, the mayor donated photocopying machines to the city’s 34 public schools, a demonstration of her aggressive implementation of education reforms and programs.
Mayor Lani said her administration will continue supporting the education sector, as she urged the students to study diligently. She added that teachers and parents should guide the youth to be responsible citizens.