Batangas execs vow to erase classroom backlog

By Arnell Ozaeta, ABS-CBN News Southern Tagalog

Posted at Mar 30 2011 05:16 PM | Updated as of Mar 31 2011 01:16 AM

Batangas – Local executives of Batangas led by Governor Vilma Santos-Recto have partnered with the Department of Education (DepEd) in erasing the shortage of classrooms in the province.

Education Secretary Armin Luistro said Batangas lacks 510 classrooms and about 1,931 teachers out of the 152,000 classrooms and 103,000 teacher shortages nationwide.

“While Batangas is not part of the list of priority areas, I thought of this partnership to make Batangas a zero-backlog province. I want the people to say 'Dito sa Batangas, wala na kaming kakulangan, pinagtulungan na namin ito, kasama ng lahat ng sektor dito sa Batangas'. Sa larangan ng edukasyon, baka pwede na tayong magtulung-tulungan, wala ng pulitika,” he said.

Recto said the provincial government is allocating a budget for the construction of 80 classrooms for 2011.

She appealed to the municipal mayors to focus on the urgency of addressing the backlogs and to have proper prioritization in their respective areas so that well-planned interventions can be properly executed.
“We need sincere commitment to do this. We should tap all leaders from the local LGUs down to the barangay levels. We should give the youth what they need in order to upgrade the quality of education. We should inspire them to study. Their enthusiasm to study should be there, and I believe that ‘pag walang gamit, pag hindi kumpleto ang paaralan, ayaw nilang mag-aral," she said.

Recto was joined by Vice Governor Mark Leviste, members of the House of Representatives and mayors of 24 municipalities and 2 cities in a meeting held at Malarayat Golf and Country Club in Lipa City Tuesday. 
The meeting ended the meeting with a ceremonial toast led by Lipa City Mayor Meynard Sabili and the symbolic signing of commitment towards achieving “Zero Backlog Batangas."