Baguio public schools ready for school opening, says executive

BAGUIO CITY – The Department of Education (DepEd) Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) has assured the local government of Baguio that public schools in the city are ready to receive the more than 40,000 elementary and high school students when school year 2017-2018 opens on June 5.

Dr. Zoraya Faculo, assistant regional director of DepEd-CAR, reported Monday to the local government here that the six districts of the Baguio Division are ready for the school opening.

“The classrooms have been painted and the training of teachers have been completed,” she said.

She added that teachers and school personnel have also completed a training on disaster preparedness.

Public schools here will receive 28,859 elementary pupils and 15,416 secondary students, including the senior high school students.

Faculo said the schools were prepared for the opening of classes with the help of barangay officials, parents and the communities during the “Brigada Eskwela” from May 15 to 21.

“We are also rallying the Department of Trade and Industry to make sure that there will be enough school supplies for the students and that nobody is taking advantage of the upsurge in demand,” she said.

Faculo also said that they are closely coordinating with the Baguio City Police Office for the safety of the students.

Faculo also said that the slots at the stand-alone senior high school at the Baguio City National Science High School campus in Barangay Irisan, which has 52 classrooms, have yet to be filled.

“We are encouraging our students and parents to avail of the school to decongest the main campuses of the Baguio City National High School and the Pines City National High School, including other campuses offering senior high school,” she said.

The DepEd earlier reported that there are 37 public schools in Baguio that were already issued a permit to operate.

Baguio City has the second highest number of public school students in the Cordillera, with Benguet province having the most students. Liza Agoot/