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Dagupan mayor vows to build more classrooms for K-12 students

Dagupan City Mayor Belen Fernandez has pledged to build 134 additional classrooms at the Dagupan City National High School (DCNHS) to prepare it for the implementation of the K-12 program.

Fernandez has asked the city council to allocate P12 million for the construction of an initial nine-classroom, three-storey building that will accommodate more students, especially for senior high school.

“I am happy to announce that our city is now ready for the implementation of the K-12 program next year with the full support of our new child-friendly schools superintendent and the different school teachers and DepEd (Department of Education) officials in the city, Fernandez posted in her Facebook account.

The mayor added she has also solicited the support of local companies and other agencies to fund the project.
The Security Bank Foundation, she said, was the first company to respond and is now building a two-storey, eight classroom building at the DCNHS.

The Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. (Pagcor) also pledged to build 24 additional classrooms.

The League of Cities of the Philippines (LCP) has conferred to Fernandez the Batch Valedictorian Award, while the city of Dagupan was also cited as the Most Resourceful City in the Philippines.

The twin awards were conferred upon her by LCP Secretary General Delmar de Guzman, mayor of Marikina City, during the 62nd General Assembly of the LCP.

The awards were given to Fernandez for successfully leading in the implementation of the City Leaders Project among other pioneer cities in the country, particularly in the preparation for the Senior High School (SHS) program of DepEd, which will start next year.

These activities include the establishment of a platform for the city government and the local school division to work together to meet the needs of basic education as well as the senior high school program in Dagupan City.