Angeles City—City Mayor Carmelo “Pogi” Lazatin, Jr. has started the distribution of air-conditioning units to each of the city’s 76 daycare centers.
“Nitong Lunes, nagsimula na tayong mamigay ng mga aircon para sa 76 daycare centers ng syudad,” the mayor said.
The city government has allotted P12 million for the purchase of 76 air-conditioning units. Part of the fund will also be used in procuring television sets for the daycare centers.
Lazatin led the turnover of aircons to four daycare centers in Barangay Malabanias on Monday.
The mayor said the project is part of the preparation of the city government for the return soon to face-to-face learning. The city also allotted P5 million for the repair and renovation of daycare centers and classrooms.
For the past years, there has been a spike in the enrolment in day care centers since the city mayor ordered the no collection policy.
Records showed there were 4,700 enrolled students in the city’s day care centers last school year. The Department of Social Welfare and Development-Central Luzon has already accredited 68 of the centers.
The city government has also distributed 76 electric fan sets to the city’s day care facilities.
Lazatin’s educational assistance amid the pandemic was recognized by the DepEd during the recent Region 3 Fiscal Year 2020 Virtual Local Stakeholders Convergence and Recognition.
Among the mayor’s programs during the pandemic are the distribution of tablets, installation of access points for the free Wi-Fi of teachers and students in their online classes.
A total of P209 million was allotted for the purchase of 61,200 tablets to be used by 55,000 students from Grades 4 to 12; 3,000 teachers in 53 public schools; and 3,200 scholars of the City College of Angeles.
Currently, 49,992 tablets have already been distributed to 48 public schools in the city.
A total of 700 access points is also being installed city-wide, 200 of which were paid by the city government for P20 million, while the other 500 are being installed for free.
“We are ensuring that securing the future of our youths will not end because of the pandemic. Tuloy-tuloy pa rin po ang mga programang pang-edukasyon,” Lazatin reiterated.