At the inauguration of the 4-storey 23-classroom Bautista schoolbuilding at Flora A. Ylagan High School on Tuesday, Secretary Briones said the role of Quezon City is very special since it has invested heavily on education despite the fact that education is a national mandate.
“Today’s inauguration really exemplifies the partnership between the local government and the Department of Education,” Secretary Briones said. She stressed DepEd will continue to recognize the role of the LGUs as supportive partners of the department.
According to Mayor Herbert Bautista, the inauguration of the new school building forms part of the city government’s continuing support to the national government.
As his administration embarked on a massive schoolbuilding construction program, Mayor Bautista was confident that the city government was able to reduce the problem of classroom congestion in the city in a more a manageable proportion.
“Before, Quezon City has a shortage of 3,000 classrooms but now we only lack about 1,000,” Mayor Bautista said.
Despite this, the Mayor said the QC government will be continually hard-pressed to construct more school buildings to curb the effects of migration which he said, shall require the city to provide additional education, health and social services.
The new schoolbuilding at Flora Ylagan High School features 13 regular classrooms, three communication laboratories, two tourism laboratories, a science laboratory, a cooking laboratory, a bread and pastry laboratory and two faculty and ancillary rooms, for the use of some 100 senior high school students.
Mayor Bautista is also scheduled to inaugurate at least five more schoolbuildings before the opening of classes in June. The new schoolbuildings were built in the more populated of Novaliches and Tandang Sora areas.
The city government has also invested for the procurement of IT equipment and software as well as technical, vocational and scientific equipment for the various tracks of the senior high school program.