QUEZON CITY, May 23, 2019 – The Department of Education (DepEd), led by Secretary Leonor Magtolis Briones, accepted the four-story, 23-classroom building of Flora A. Ylagan Senior High School (SHS) turned over by the local government of Quezon City on May 21.
The DepEd chief expressed her gratitude for the continuing support of the Quezon City government under the leadership of Mayor Herbert Bautista, who also graced the inauguration and emphasized the significance of the local government units’ (LGUs) active participation in delivering quality, accessible, relevant, and liberating basic education for all.
“This is a great occasion because the inauguration of this building really exemplifies the great partnerships between the local governments and the Department of Education,” the Secretary mentioned.
Briones added that LGUs are one of the “most generous and supportive” allies of the Department: “Despite the fact that this is a national mandate, local governments really support us in more ways than one.”
Built on October 6, 2017 and worth P62,208,998.34, Flora A. Ylagan SHS is expected to accommodate the 240 SHS students and 19 teachers. Strands being offered are Information and Communications Technology (programming and animation) and Home Economics (cookery/bread and pastry/food and beverages; travel services/tourism promotion/local guiding services) under the Technical-Vocational-Livelihood (TVL) track.
“I am very glad to hear that you are going to offer courses particularly in technical-vocational which will enable our graduates to find jobs, if they wish to work,” Briones said.
School Principal Remedios Danao likewise conveyed her gratitude to the Department and the Quezon City government, and assured that the SHS building and equipment will be utilized “not only to educate our students, but mainly to produce productive citizens of the country.”
As part of their preparation for the upcoming school opening, Danao said they have already constructed laboratories; submitted the requests for teachers and equipment; received deliveries of armchairs and teachers’ tables; conducted mapping and orientations among students and parents; and led a career planning seminar for incoming Grade 11 students.
Also present during the inauguration and turn-over ceremony were DepEd National Capital (NCR) Region Director Wilfredo Cabral and DepEd Quezon City Schools Division Superintendent Natividad Bayubay.