EDUCATION stakeholders from South Cotabato province pledged their support for the full implementation of the Kindergarten to Grade 12 (K-to-12) program in a manifesto signed by government officials, teachers, and parents from the province.
“The municipal government of Banga is fully committed to work with the national government for the effective and successful implementation of the [K to 12] program,” Banga Mayor Albert Palencia said.
The K to 12 Program of the Department of Education (DepEd) covers Kindergarten and 12 years of basic education, six years of primary education, four years of Junior High School, and two years of Senior High School. The program aims, among others, to provide sufficient time for mastery of concepts and skills, develop lifelong learners, and prepare graduates for tertiary education.
“More than the promise of a stronger and quality members of the Filipino workforce and alternative choices for employment, the Senior High School Program is a fertile ground to cultivate the next generation of Filipino leaders and nation-builders,” Palencia added.
The local government of Polomolok Municipality, through Mayor Honey Lumayag-Matti, also pledged to support the Senior High School implementation by offering free use of its computers and Automotive Servicing Area for the training and immersion of the Technical-Vocational Track students from Polomolok National High School.
In another statement, Lake Sebu Mayor Antonio Fungan, Sr. also expressed support for the program, adding that it “will foster the development of competent graduates who will join the workforce to contribute to the national competitiveness.”
The DepEd recently launched the first Tboli Senior High School, which is initially lodged at Lake Sebu National High School with approximately 45 students for its early implementation of Grade 11 this school year.
The Tboli SHS offers technical-vocational track, focusing on Sustainable Community Resources Management with two options: Agriculture and Ecotourism.