Former US Ambassador to the Philippines Kristie Kenney was all smiles when she recently hobnobbed with hundreds of students in gracing a school event in Signal Village, Taguig City (Metro Manila).
Now Deputy Assistant Secretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs, Kenney awarded the English Access Microscholarship Program to some 66 selected students of Taguig National High School and Signal Village National High School.
The English Access Microscholarship Program is a two-year program that aims to provide English-language skills to economically disadvantaged youth through after-school classes and intensive learning activities, Regional English Language Officer Whitney Mirts said.
She added that the program has been going on for 10 years in over 80 countries.
The US Department of State has been running the program in 20 schools in the Philippines to improve the English skills of students who do not have access to English enhancement program.
Taguig City Mayor Lani Cayetano expressed gratitude to the US Embassy for choosing two Taguig schools as some of the beneficiaries from all thousands of public schools in the country.
She vowed to closely monitor the program and make sure that it will be properly implemented.
“We do appreciate the help coming from the US Embassy. The students and teachers will truly benefit from it,” the mayor said.
“[Learning the English language] will give the students an edge in this highly-competitive world. This will no doubt help them to be more equipped in facing the challenging world,” she added.
Cayetano cited Taguig students’ recent performance in the National Achievement Test where they got the highest rating in Metro Manila.
“It’s a proof that the partnership of the local government and the Department of Education in the Division of Taguig and Pateros [town]is very successful. And having additional programs such as this one [English Access Microscholarship] will no doubt boost the services that our children are enjoying here in the city,” the mayor said.