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2012 State of the Province Address
By Oscar Moreno, Governor of Misamis Oriental, Philippines



The Early Childhood Care and Development Program (ECCD) Has Now Reached More Than 100 Barangays, From Only 44 Barangays in 2005. The PhP23M project with the Council for the Welfare of Children or the CWC and the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation or the PAGCOR, has drawn the Provincial Government in 2004 to also support the early education, health, nutrition, and social needs of children aged 6 years old and below through the ECCD Program. In 2007, the Province was cited as the Best ECCD-implementing Province among ECCD-beneficiary LGUs. The citation has encouraged us to continue with the implementation of the ECCD learned initiatives all across Misamis Oriental. Thus, the creation of an ECCD-dedicated department which to now, allowed us to work on the rehabilitation of 131 day care centers, and still counting. The implementation of the rehabilitation works was on a counter-parting scheme between the Provincial Government and the beneficiary barangays.

Relatedly, the enrollment in the ECCD day care centers was seen to have continually increased. From only 8,998 pupils in 2004, we have an ECCD day care center population of 12,809 in 2011.

Classroom Shortage in Public Schools Addressed Through Classroom Construction. We made ourselves as co-responsible with the Department of Education or DepEd in addressing the classroom shortage in the public elementary schools and public high schools. Since 2005, about 394 units of classrooms have been constructed. Of this figure, about 322 units were completed using PhP204.71M from our Provincial School Board’s Special Education Fund (SEF). Around 58 classrooms were donated by the Filipino Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry. The FCCCI also collaborated with us in the construction of a total of 14 units of classrooms for the public elementary schools in Cagayan de Oro City located in San Simon, Bulua, Lumbia and Indahag.

School Participation Rate Continually Improving In A Three-Year Average Covering SY 2003-2004 to SY 2010-2011. In the Misamis Oriental Schools Division, according to its report, the school participation rate or the ratio of children aged 6 to 11 compared to the community school-age population who went to the elementary school posted at 96.19 percent in SY 2010-2011. On a three-year trend, it reached an average of 91.86 in SY 2006-2007 to 2008-2009 from 88.70 percent for SY 2003-2004 to SY2005-2006. The same trend of increase was recorded in high school. It was at 65.95 percent in SY 2006-2007 to SY 2008-2009, from 62.08 percent in SY 2003-2004 to SY 2005-2006. In SY 2010-2011 it was recorded at 68.35 percent.

In the Gingoog City Schools Division, an increasing score on a three year average was also observed. Among elementary schools, participation rate was at 84.98 percent (SY 2003-2004 to SY 2005-2006) to 90.47 percent (SY 2006-2007 to SY 2008-2009). In SY 2010-2011, it was 91.27 percent. For the high school, it was recorded at 84.98 percent (SY 2003-2004 to SY 2005-2006) to 90.47 percent (SY 2006-2007 to SY2008-2009).

The Opening Of New Schools Contributed To The Increasing Participation Rate. The increasing public school participation rate can be attributed to the establishment of new schools, other than the various mechanisms now adopted by the national government to encourage the learners to attend school. The public elementary schools operating in the Schools Division of Misamis Oriental now number to 362 while there are 55 public high schools. The Provincial Government was instrumental in the opening of national high schools of Rosario (Balingasag), Lumbo (Langonglong), Aposkahoy (Claveria), Rizal (Claveria), Molugan (El Salvador),Danao (Jasaan), Naawan and Manticao. New HS will be established in Inobulan (Salay), Patrocenio (Claveria), Gumabon (Magsaysay), Hinigdaan (El Salvador), Calacapan (Initao) while a new elementary school is targeted in Molokbolok (Alubijid). Relatedly, high schools were established in the Gingoog City Division in LURISA, Talisay, Anakan, Santiago, Kianlagan and Lunao.

Education Enhancement Services---First Time To Be Provided In The Province--- Implemented With The Collaboration Of The Private Sector. We initiated the tapping of partners from the private sector to provide support services for the public education sector. We started with the provision of Sine Eskwela Sets to the 72 public elementary schools in partnership with the ABS CBN Foundation. Computer literacy under the Sharing Computer Access Locally and Abroad (SCALA) Project was catered to the out-school-youth of Alubijid with the Engineers Without Borders of Canada. Misamis Oriental was included by the Synergeia Foundation, Inc. in its Reading Program that made possible the Societe Generale de Surveillance, the Love 14 Foundation and the STEAG to provide seed fund to empower the education communities, including parents of Magsaysay, Claveria and Villanueva in improving the reading skills of their respective public elementary school pupils. The public high schools were connected to the internet through the Gearing-up Internet Literacy and Access for Students or the GILAS Program through the help of the Ayala Foundation, the Innove Communications and the DC Tech.

Some 1,531 Beneficiaries of the Provincial Government Scholarship Program For Regular and Technical Courses Have Graduated. Offering more than 1,000 slots of scholarship since 2005, the Provincial Government has helped 1,531 students finish school with regular and technical courses in 21 schools (Misamis Oriental State College of Agriculture and Technology or the MOSCAT, Mindanao University of Science and Technology or the MUST, St. Rita’s College of Balingasag, 12 centers of Bukidnon External Studies, Lugait Vocational and Technical School, Opol National Technical Secondary School, TESDA Regional Training Center, Kinoguitan National Agricultural Technical School, Cagayan de Oro-Bugo School of Arts and Trade, and Tagoloan Community College, among others).

Since the start of the program, we allocated PhP33.82M for direct payments of scholarship bills to the conduit schools. Some PhP10.0M worth of projects in the MUST and MOSCAT were converted to scholarship slots. [Next: Environmental Protection and Management]

Introduction | Poverty Alleviation | Revenue Generation | Investment in Infrastructure | MISORTEL Resuscitation | Education | Environmental Protection and Management | Hospital and Health Systems | Agricultural Productivity | Teamwork and Streamlined Bureaucracy | Conclusion