Education program in the City of Valenzuela gets further boost with the formal inauguration of the new Dalandanan National High School building and the Engineering building of the local university, the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Valenzuela (PLV yesterday, April 4.
Students of Dalandanan National High School (DNHS) in Barangay Dalandanan are saying goodbye to crowded classrooms as the new 50-room, four-storey classroom opens for use come the new school year. The new DNHS building is expected to accommodate more than 4, 500 students or more than a hundred sections with 45 students each.
This is one of the results of the counterparting agreement inked by the City and the Department of Education (DepEd) in August 2011 to ensure the sufficiency of classrooms. Under the MOA, the financing agreement will be on 50-50 counterparting scheme.
With 50 rooms, the new DNHS building is now the biggest high school building in the city. DNHS currently only has 34 classrooms in four buildings, which could barely accommodate a student population of more than 4,800.
“A class would have as many as 60 to 75 students,” said DNHS Principal Maxima G. Carlos. ”The additional classrooms will “decongest” classes. This is an answered prayer.”
Public high schools in Valenzuela City is at 1:44 classroom-student ratio, a far cry from the average of 1:74 in the National Capital Region. High school students in the city today is at number 35,567.
On the other hand, Engineering students of the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Valenzuela (PLV), the flagship university of the city, now have a building of their own, a nine-room, 2-storey building in the PLV Annex campus in Malinta.
Meanwhile, the construction of the Engineering Building in PLV Annex, which cost around PhP 40 million, is part of the plan of the university administration and the city government to improve the quality of engineering and information technology courses in the university.
City Mayor Sherwin T. Gatchalian, who lead the inauguration rites, said the focus on Engineering as a course offered at PLV is meant to address the “construction boom” which he foresees to happen in the next ten years.
“This [building] will be the legacy of the city government to those who wanted to be experts in engineering and Information Technology,” said PLV President, Dr. Nedeña Torralba.
With the building now open, the next step would be furnishing it with learning equipment, which would cost around PhP 30 million.
“The construction of the new school buildings is an indication of the commitment of the city government in providing the Valenzuela youth quality education. An embodiment of our stance - Good Education is Good Governance,” Mayor WIN said.
“Simple lang ang paraan upang wakasan ang kahirapan: palakasin ang edukasyon,(The most effective way to end poverty is through empowerment via strengthened education system.) It takes a generation to end poverty, but that generation should start now,” he emphasized.
PLV is one of the two higher education institutions in Valenzuela City that are run by the local government. It has two campuses: the PLV Main in Baranggay Karuhatan, where the administrative offices are housed and most classes are held; and the PLV Annex, where classes in the Business Administration program are held. There were 4,027 students enrolled in the PLV for the academic year 2012-2013.
Valenzuela Polytechnic University (ValPoly), on the other hand, offers technical-vocational courses. Enrollment figures of ValPoly for the year 2012-2013 totaled to 1,805.
Since 2004, there has been a wave of construction of school buildings in the city, producing a total of 731 classrooms in public elementary and high schools, and the two tertiary institutions.