By Minka Tiangco
Navotas City’s public elementary and high school students now have a more accessible and cheaper mode of transportation for their field trips and competitions as the city government launched the Navotours bus on Sunday.
Navotas City Rep. John Rey Tiangco said the Navotours bus can be used by the students for city-funded field trips to museums, universities and colleges, government and private institutions, and many more.
Students and teachers can also use the Navotours bus to go to competitions held outside their school, Tiangco said.
The air-conditioned bus can seat up to 50 people, including the driver, said Navotas City Chief Public Information Officer Irish Cubillan.
“Our public school children deserve to have the same quality of education that students in private schools have. This includes being able to go to field trips and enjoy learning outside the classroom,” Tiangco said.
“Travel fosters learning and inspires one to dream. We hope that through Navotours, Navoteño students would gain enriching experiences that would lead them to aspire for greater things in life,” he added.
Tiangco said the conversion of open spaces into parks and playgrounds, among others, to encourage social interaction among the Navoteños, is included in his city development plan.
Present during the launching were Navotas City Mayor Toby Tiangco, Navotas City Vice Mayor Clint Geronimo, other city officials, Officer-in-Charge of the Schools Division Superintendent Dr. Meliton Zurbano, and teachers, students, and officers of the Parents-Teachers’ Association.