Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Masbate LGUs ready schoolchildren for summer enrichment program
By Norman B. Tamar

DIMASALANG, Masbate, March 7 (PNA) -- The local government units in the third district of Masbate have prepared a summer enrichment program that will provide their schoolchildren with lessons in the arts, sports and other special skills that could be availed from the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA).

Former Masbate Governor Rizalina S. Lanete, who started the summer program in Masbate during her term, said she has encouraged the municipal mayors in the third district to continue with the program as it will enhance the children’s learnings in the classroom, improve their social skills and develop their leadership qualities.

The third district of Masbate is composed of the towns of Cataingan, Cawayan, Dimasalang, Esperanza, Palanas, Pio V. Corpuz, Placer and Uson, that are located southeast of the provincial capital of Masbate City.

The enrichment program includes lessons in drawing, singing, dancing, reading, writing, cooking, baking, computer literacy, taekwondo and football.

Lanete, in an interview, said the summer program will help the children make productive use of their time and keep them away from vices or anti-social activities.

She said when she first launched the program, she was able to get 300 enrollees until the number peaked to around 7,000 enrollees.

“Now that vacation is drawing near, I advised the municipal mayors to continue the summer program for children in their localities,” she added.

Mayor Allan Lepasana of Pio V. Corpus vowed to offer classes in computer literacy and baking for the young people of his hometown.

“I have coordinated with TESDA who said they have funds for the program,” he said.

In Uson town, Mayor Salvadora Sanchez said a football clinic will be offered in Barangays San Ramon, Del Carmen and Buenavista.

“We should not forget our young people because they will be the next generation of governors, mayors and barangay chairmen,” she said.

Mayor Edgar Delara of Dimasalang town said they have been providing enrichment activities for the children since July 2016.

“Even during the last semestral break, the local government has started offering dancing and acting lessons which will be pursued this summer, he said.

Delara added that since the town has produced a number of national football players, he was inspired to continue giving training in football at the grassroots level for students aged 6 to 12 who have love for the sports.

He said Dimasalang also has a program for taekwondo and cooking, and would like to introduce lessons in scuba diving.

Mayor Ian Sepulveda of Esperanza town also vowed to schedule enrichment activities for the youth in his hometown. (PNA) LAP/GVR/NBT/CBD