The City Government of Puerto Princesa through the Local School Board (LSB) has allocated P40-million for the learning modules of K-12 students enrolled in public schools in the city in preparation for the opening of classes this August 24, 2020.
In a resolution, the LSB chaired by City Mayor Lucilo R. Bayron reverted the P20-million in appropriation from the Annual Budget 2020 and another P20-million from the unappropriated surplus intended for the Priority Education Program of the City.
The budget will be utilized mainly for the purchase of supplies needed for the reproduction of modules as well as procurement of printer, binder machines etc.
Dr. Servillano Arzaga, Schools Division Superintendent of the Department of Education (DepEd), announced that learning modules will be provided to all K-12 learners for free.
“Libre po ang learning modules na ibibigay sa mga bata sa lahat ng pampublikong paaralan sa Lungsod ng Puerto Princesa. Walang dapat gastusin ang mga guro at wala ding dapat bayaran ang mga magulang” he said.
Dr. Arzaga told parents to report to their office if there teachers who are asking for fees for the printed modules.
The new school year will start on August 24, 2020, and the DepEd are preparing for the opening by conducting orientation, and communicating with the learner’s parents.
The LSB is one the local special bodies whose creation is mandated by law. The City Mayor is the chairman of the LSB, and co-chaired by the DepEd Superintendent, Dr. Arzaga. Other members of the board were City Councilor Victor Oliveros, chairman of the Sangguniang Panlungsod’s Committee on Education, City Treasurer Corazon Abayari, Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) President Myka Mabelle Magbanua and General PTCA President Feliza Acosta.