On local education bills


Sponsorship Speeches
On local education bills

By Senator Pia S. Cayetano
21 September 2015

A. Changing of Name/Renaming of Public Schools (5 bills)

Mr. President, esteemed colleagues,

Schools are pillars of the local community. As educational institutions, they are central to the development of the town’s youth. Schools contribute to the identity and character of a community. Typically, the name of a school simply indicates its location as a means of easily identifying which local government unit has jurisdiction over it. In other instances, the name of a school celebrates the pride and history of its community by adopting the name of, and thus immortalizing, remarkable members of their town.

Today, I rise before you to sponsor Committee Report Nos. 220, 221, 222, 223 and 224, which seek to change the name of several public schools. The following bills proposing the renaming of schools have complied with the guidelines laid down by the Department of Education and the National Historical Commission of the Philippines:

1) House Bill No. 4009, changing the name of Saverona Elementary School in Talugtug, Nueva Ecija, to Alberto G. Bautista Elementary School.

2) House Bill No. 438 changing the name of San Miguel Norte National High School in Agoo, La Union, to Dr. Manuel T. Cases Sr. National High School;

3) House Bill No. 439, changing the name of San Manuel Norte Elementary School in Agoo, La Union, to Dr. Manuel T. Cases Sr. Elementary School;

4) House Bill. No 440, changing the name of Baybay Elementary School in San Manuel, La Union, to San Manuel Sur Elementary School; and

5) House Bill No. 4008, changing the name of Mahinog National High School in Mahinog, Camiguin, to Sixto A. Abao National High School;

With the Department of Education recommending the passage of these bills, I humbly seek your support in enacting these into law. Thank you. 

B. Establishment of Schools (3 bills)

Mr. President, esteemed colleagues,

The Constitution declares that the State shall give priority to education, science and technology, arts, culture, and sports to foster patriotism and nationalism, accelerate social progress, and promote total human liberation and development. It further asserts that the State shall protect and promote the right of all citizens to quality education at all levels, and shall take appropriate steps to make such education accessible to all.

We have already undertaken significant education reform in pursuit of this constitutional mandate, and we continue to work towards making quality education accessible to all Filipinos.

As such, it is my privilege to sponsor bills for the establishment of schools in several municipalities around the country. DepED Order No. 40, s.2014 defines the establishment of schools as the process of initiating, instituting, organizing, operating, conducting and maintaining a new school, in a barangay, municipality, city or province by administrative authority of the DepED Regional Office. New schools will help decongest existing schools that are currently overcrowded, as well as alleviate the burden for students who would otherwise need to attend schooling in farther localities. Further, the establishment of new schools will likely improve quality of learning and help sustain accessibility and continuity of education.

With the recommendation of the Department of Education, I rise to sponsor the following bills under Committee Report Nos. 231, 233 and 236:

1) House Bill No. 4262 establishing the Ma. Clara Lobregat National High School in Dumalinao, Zamboanga del Sur;

2) House Bill No. 4853 establishing Libagon National High School in Libagon, Southern Leyte; and

3) House Bill No. 4920 establishing the Navotas National Science High School in the City of Navotas, Metro Manila.

I earnestly seek the swift passage of these measures. Thank you.


C. Separation of Public School Annexes (18 bills)

Mr. President, esteemed colleagues,

The Separation of School Annexes is the process of detaching an existing school annex from its mother school to become a separate and independent school. A school annex may be separated provided that it is offering a complete elementary or secondary education program, subject to compliance with the criteria set by the Department of Education.

Separating school annexes requires strengthening and enhancing its capacities to adapt to the unique education needs of a community. This, in effect, establishes new schools, which will enable these institutions to better serve their constituents and provide quality education. Along with the other measures I proudly sponsor today, this is one of the ways by which we uphold the constitutional guarantee to establish “a complete, adequate, and integrated system of education relative to the needs of the people and society.”

As such, I am pleased to sponsor the following bills under Committee Report Nos. 219, 226, 227, 228, 229, 230, 232, 235, 237, 238, 239, 240, 241, 242, 243, 244, 245, 246, which have earned the recommendation of DepEd, to separate school annexes:

1) House Bill No. 3232 separating the Kabugao Agro-Industrial High School – Lenneng Annex IV from the Kabugao Agro-Industrial High School in Kabugao, Apayao, and converting it into Kabugao National High School;

2) House Bill No. 2081 separating the Limbaan National High School – Sta. Fe Extension from the Limbaan National High School in New Corella, Davao Del Norte, and converting it into Sta. Fe National High School;

3) House Bill No. 4918 separating the Tukuran Technical-Vocational High School – Tabuan Annex from the Tukuran Technical-Vocational High School in Tukuran, Zamboanga Del Sur, and converting it into Tabuan National High School;

4) House Bill No. 4921 separating the Compostela National High School – Corazon C. Aquino High School Annex from the Compostela National High School in Compostela, Compostela Valley, and converting it into Corazon C. Aquino National High School;

5) House Bill No. 4291 separating the Luna National High School – Tumog Annex from the Luna National High School in Luna, Apayao, and converting it into Tumog National Agricultural and Trade High School;

6) House Bill No. 4367 separating the General Emilio Aguinaldo National High School Annex from the General Emilio Aguinaldo National High School in Imus, Cavite, and converting it into General Licerio Topacio National High School;

7) House Bill No. 5055 separating the San Jose National High School – Daniel C. Mantos Annex from the San Jose National High School in Mahayag, Zamboanga Del Sur, and converting it into Daniel C. Mantos National High School;

8 ) House Bill No. 766 separating the Kalinga National High School – Salegseg Annex from the Kalinga National High School in Balbalan, Kalinga, and converting it into Balbalan National High School;

9) House Bill No. 3652 separating the Bacungan National High School – Palandok Annex from the Bacungan National High School in Leon B. Postigo, Zamboanga Del Norte, and converting it into Palandok National High School;

10) House Bill No. 1268 separating the Alfonso Castañeda National High School – Abuyo Annex from the Alfonso Castañeda National High School in Alfonso, Castañeda Nueva Vizcaya, and converting it into Abuyo National High School;

11) House Bill No. 3233 separating the Sta. Marcela National High School – Consuelo Annex IVfrom the Sta. Marcela National High School in Sta. Marcela, Apayao, and converting it into Consuelo National High School;

12) House Bill. No. 3654 separating the Bacungan National High School – Talinga Annex from the Bacungan National High School in Leon B. Postigo, Zamboanga Del Norte, and converting it into Talinga National High School;

13) House Bill No. 4287 separating the Halapitan National High School – Little Baguio Annex from the Halapitan National High School in San Fernando, Bukidnon, and converting it into Little Baguio National High School;

14) House Bill No. 4263, authored by Rep. Cojuangco, separating the Libertad National High School – Colongulo Annex from the Libertad National High School in Surallah, South Cotabato, and converting it into Colongulo National High School;

15) House Bill No. 4854 separating the Midsalip National High School – Buloron Annex from the Midsalip National High School in Midsalip, Zamboanga Del Sur, and converting it into Buloron National High School;

16) House Bill No. 4631 separating the Silae National High School – St. Peter Annex from the Silae National High School in Malaybalay, Bukidnon, and converting it into St. Peter National High School;

17) House Bill No. 4288 separating the Pio Dalim Memorial School of Arts and Trades – Sta. Filomena Annex from the Pio Dalim Memorial School of Arts and Trades in Calanasan, Apayao, and converting it into Sta. Filomena School of Arts and Trades; and

18) House Bill No. 3653 separating the Bacungan National High School – Tinuyop Annex from the Bacungan National High School in Leon B. Postigo, Zamboanga Del Norte, and converting it into Tinuyop National High School.

These school annexes have met the standards and complied with the criteria set by DepEd to become a separate and independent school, which can better provide quality education to its students. Thus, I earnestly seek the swift passage of this bill. Thank you. 

D. Conversion into an Integrated School (2 bills)

Mr. President, esteemed colleagues,

DepED Order 40, s. 2014 provides the guidelines for the conversion of schools into an integrated school. An integrated school is one that offers complete basic education from Kindergarten to Grade 10, or Kindergarten to Grade 12 upon the full implementation of the K to 12 law, in one school site, and with a unified instructional program. This can be done either through the expansion of an elementary or secondary school, or through the combination of existing elementary and secondary schools adjacent to each other into one school to offer complete basic education.

In line with the State’s constitutional mandate to protect and promote the right of all citizens to quality education at all levels, it is my privilege to stand before you today to sponsor Committee Report Nos. 225 and 234 which convert existing schools into integrated schools, with the end in view of making complete basic education more accessible:

1) House Bill No. 3154 converting the Andres Bonifacio Elementary School in Jalandoni-Wilson, Iloilo City into an integrated school to be known as Andres Bonifacio Integrated School; and

2) House Bill No. 4261 converting Bakhaw Elementary School in Mandurriao, Iloilo City into an integrated school to be known as Bakhaw Integrated School.

These schools have complied with all the necessary requirements with regard to the conversion of schools into an IS. With the recommendation of the Department of Education, I humbly seek your support for the passage of these bills. Thank you. #

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