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Manila lays out public education plan 

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Manila City Mayor Francisco 'Isko Moreno' Domagoso bared on Tuesday, July 15, that more than P5 billion worth of budget has already been allocated for the construction of three modernized public schools.

Domagoso said during his third State of the City Address that education should remain open for every student most especially this time of pandemic.

"Manila remains the education capital of the Philippines. As we believe in 'Education for All', Manila schools are open to children wherever they live," Domagoso said.

"This is so because admission should not be based on a learner’s postal Zip code. For as long as student has the zeal to learn, they can, in Manila," he added.

Under the city government's educational plan, about P2 billion worth of budget was allocated for the construction of Dr. Alejandro Albert Elementary School, P1.9 billion for Rosauro Almario Elementary School's construction, and P1.3 billion for the construction Manila Science High School.

The said plan was on top of the efforts made in support of the blended/distance learning modalities being implemented in the country due to COVID-19.

“We will take our adversity in our advantage. We will prepare for the next 10-15 years of population growth because it is high time and timely that these facilities to be used,” the Mayor said.

“We will invest, and invest, and invest, to our future which is our children to have a better upscale public school building,” he added.

About 137,217 tablets with SIM cards were also distributed for public school students from Kinder to Senior High School, while about 11,000 laptops were given to public school teachers last year.

In preparation for the upcoming school year, Domagoso approved the procurement of the 60,820 additional tablets for newly enrolled public school students this upcoming school year.

The local government has also set aside P120,600,000 for four months' worth of internet data for about 201,000 K-12 students, and about P5 million for teachers' training.

A standby fund worth P60,532,256.37 was also made in case there will be an increase in enrollment in Manila's public schools.

"Covid worsened the digital deficit. And the divide is no longer between the Haves and the Have Nots but the Knows and the Don’t Knows," the Mayor said.

"Hindi po nating pinayagan ang mga Batang Maynila na mapabibilang sa Lost Generation, the Covid Class of 2020, 2021, 2022," he added.

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