Cynthia Demavivas, Bacolod City Schools Division Superintendent, said yesterday that the Department of Education Central Office has given them the go signal to use the new Education and Training Center School building in Brgy. 18, Bacolod City.
Demavivas said they will use it after it is secured and there is already a budget for the construction of its perimeter fence to be taken from the Special Education Fund.
They plan to transfer Grades 2 and 3 classes with double sessions to the new building in September or October, she said.
Demavivas said the new ETCS building lacks 36 classrooms. When it is finished, they expect to have 48 classrooms. However, the Department of Education has not yet finished building the remaining classrooms, she said.
The ETCS building was constructed on the 2-hectare property of the city government at the Reclamation Area in Bacolod City to help decongest the ETCS 1 of over 2,000 pupils.
Bacolod City is the first city to avail of the matching agreement with the Department of Education after former Bacolod Mayor Evelio Leonardia and Education Secretary Armin Luistro entered into a memorandum of agreement under the 50/50 scheme on February 9, 2012.
Under the agreement, the city will construct 24 classrooms and the DepEd will also construct another 24 classrooms to make it 48 classrooms.
The plan to construct a new ETCS building is to decongest ETCS 1 so that classes will be only one shift.
At present, classes are in two shifts, the first shift from 6 a.m. to 12 noon and the second shift from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m., in order to accommodate all the students.
Meanwhile, Bacolod Mayor Monico Puentevella said he will visit the new ETCS building today to find out why it has not been used. He will also check the City Engineers Office in Taculing to find out if it can be used by the Bacolod City College due to lack of classrooms.
Puentevella also visited the ETCS 1 and Rizal Elementary School yesterday with spokesperson Lorney Lizander Dilag and Demavivas, and encouraged the students to study well and to give due respect to their parents.
Puentevella also met with the teachers who requested for a second Education Summit that will review and strengthen the educational competitiveness of the city.*CGS
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