By Chito Chavez
Quezon City Mayor Herbert M. Bautista has approved the creation of a Senior High School in Barangay Talipapa that provides its young residents greater opportunity to finish their basic education.
City Ordinance 2823-2019, introduced by Councilor Julienne Alyson Rae V. Medalla, adopts a recommendation by the QC Local School Board for the establishment of a senior high school at Villa Florencia Subdivision in Barangay Talipapa.
Republic Act No. 10533 or the Enhanced Basic Education Act of 2013 broadened the goals of basic education to include college preparation, vocational and technical career opportunities as well as creative arts, sports, and entrepreneurial employment, thus, adding two more years in high school.
“There is a need to establish additional schools to accommodate students and to effectively implement the Senior High School Program,” the ordinance read.
Funds for the construction, maintenance, and operation of the new public school shall be taken from the Special Education Funds of Quezon City or from any available funds of the city.
As early as 2013, Quezon City has prepared for the implementation of the Senior High School Program by the Department of Education starting 2016.
Bautista created a SHS technical working group that oversaw the preparation of the program’s implementation in the city that mapped possible schools that can offer different SHS strands.
He also formed a task force on land acquisition specifically tasked to identify possible school sites.
The Quezon City government has since established 14 senior high schools, and is earmarking more funds for the construction of more such schools in the city.