QUEZON City Mayor Herbert Bautista on Thursday approved an ordinance to name a new senior high school facility after national hero Emilio Jacinto, the brains of the Katipunan.
He backed City Ordinance 2654, authored by District 2 Councilor Aly Medalla, to name the new facility as Emilio D. Jacinto High School in Barangay Pasong Tamo. The building will be constructed at Lot 715-A-5 in Pasong Tamo.
Meanwhile, Bautista also signed an executive order supporting the senior high school work immersion program within the city government offices.
EO 1-2018 cited the need for school-industry partnerships to offer senior high school students a venue for practical, on-the-job, enterprise-based training.
Bautista tasked various city hall departments and offices to accept and train SHS students.
In another development, Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte has partnered with the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology to extend “hilot” native massage training course to help detainees develop skills and be gainfully employed once they are ordered released from detention.
At least 100 detainees at the Quezon City Jail were able to go through the 18-day “hilot” training.
“When they are released, they face an environment that is challenging and actively deters them from becoming productive members of society,” Belmonte said.
“So, we thought of teaching them useful skills that they could use to start a small business that need little or no capital at all,” she added.
Belmonte tapped the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority to provide such training skills.
The vice mayor, daughter of former mayor and now Rep. Feliciano Belmonte Jr., recently led the graduation ceremonies for the first batch of trainees.
“We really need to rethink the way we treat former criminal offenders. And it is our moral duty, every one of us, to welcome them back, give them another chance in life,” she said.