Bacuag mayor highlights education in first SOMA

League of the Municipalities of the Philippines (LMP) Surigao del Norte Chapter President and Bacuag Mayor Sheila Mae Orquina-Cebedo in her State-of-the-Municipality Address (SOMA) underscored her program on education.

In her first SOMA delivered before a jam-packed municipal gym, the lady mayor said that since 2010, the biggest achievement of her administration was the construction several school buildings in the remote barangays of the town. This includes the establishment of a high school in Barangay Payapag known as Campo National High School Payapag Annex.

“This high school has long been dreamed of by the people of Payapag especially during this time when habal-habal fares and all transportation fares, for that matter, have continuously increased.”

The lady mayor expressed gratitude to Gov. Sol Matugas, who, being an educator, was the only one who saw the need for a high school in Barangay Payapag, a far-flung barangay of the town. “I would also like to give credit to the efforts of the Payapag Barangay Council, Municipal officials and the Department of Education (DepED) family on this undertaking. I am happy to announce that an additional two school buildings will be constructed this year,” she added.

Cebedo also acknowledged the school buildings constructed by the Agencia Española and those constructed by DepEd in Barangay Dugsangon. “These school facilities have really contributed to improving the quality of education and so we are grateful to our donors.”

She also said that since her assumption into office, her administration have already constructed 26 Day Care Centers in the different barangays of the town serving more than 300 pre-schoolers each year. “The municipal government is providing honoraria to the day care workers and we are also providing them trainings and seminars to upgrade their knowledge and skills so that they can deliver quality services to our children.”

Under her Legislative Educational Assistance Program (LEAP), the lady mayor is also supporting the education of 487 high school students.

“This is our answer to the problem on the increasing number of out-of-school youth in our municipality. I have my own scholars too. To date, I have 8 scholars in college, 10 in high school and 2 have already graduated in college. This is my personal contribution to the education sector and to the students who dream for college education but could less afford it,” Cebedo added. (FEAbkilan, PIA-Surigao del Norte)

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