TABUK CITY, Kalinga August 11 – Local government unit here is looking into possibility of sending teachers to go back to school in terms of scholarship program.
In line with the commemoration of Indigenous Peoples Education Program or IPED, Engineer Ferdinand Tubban, Tabuk City Mayor, expresses his full support to all the teachers who are sacrificing their time to give proper education especially to those who are assigned in the far flung areas who are in terms of teaching they are promoting the identity, heritage, customs and traditions of Tabuk City and Kalinga province as a whole.
Mayor Tubban stresses that the local government has also an IP Program recognizing the importance of culture based practices that is instrumental to city’s development.
“we already have hundreds of students who are enjoying free education under the city’s scholarship program so maybe we could also send teachers to improve their educational growth by means of scholarship program”. Said Tubban.
In his personal point of view, teachers will be more comprehensive in dealing with their students if they are more knowledgeable and skilled in mentoring learners. He believes that educational growth of a teacher will increase the capability of one learner to become successful on what endeavour he or she should chose. With this kind of scheme, teachers will also learn different approaches and techniques that they can use in their instructions that will help learners in their journey of schooling.
He also emphasize that Tabuk City is a fast growing and developing place wherein the population of students especially in the public schools are relatively increasing due to influx of people coming from neighbouring places of Kalinga particularly; Cagayan Province, Isabela and Mt. Province. Majority also of students coming from different municipalities of Kalinga are here in Tabuk to continue their studies due to emergence of college and universities. The center of K-12 program in the Senior High is also concentrated here in the city of Tabuk because majority of schools offering senior high school is based here. With this scholarship program for teachers, there will be an assurance of quality education to be given among students thus making Tabuk City as one of the educational center of cordillera producing outstanding students not only in the region but in the whole archipelago.
As of this moment, the city’s executive department is now in cahoot with local legislative particularly the committee on education to discuss about the terms and conditions of the said scholarship program proposal for teachers. He asks the city council to come out with a comprehensive work plan to be used as a guideline for all the applicants. Mayor Tubban also asks the assistance of DepEd Tabuk City Division to provide a master list of all the teachers in the public schools for them to base their budget appropriation.
“Whatever the outcome of deliberation of this program by joint effort of the city executive and city council, funds, whether sufficient or inadequate, scholarships will be limited to a certain slot and expect that it will not be a full scholarship grant for those teachers who will be successful in the selection process”. Tubban added.
The scholarship program is expected to be implemented early next year exclusively for teachers serving in the government or public schools within the AOR of Tabuk City since the local government unit here in Tabuk City is still in the process planning period. City Mayor Tubban is also planning to meet with the local school board to talk about the proposed program for teachers.
BY JESSE D. MAGUIYA