Valenzuela City Councilor Lorie Natividad-Borja reported about 60,236 parents or 80 percent of the total 74,477 number of parents participated in the training that aims to guide parents on the proper ways to encourage their kids’ learning outside school.
Natividad-Borja, who is in charge of the program implementation and coordination with school administrators in Valenzuela City, expressed confidence they would able to meet their target ahead of the program deadline on December 15.
Kat De La Cruz, one of Natividad-Borja’s staff, said they see no reason to extend the program deadline, adding they have no plans of training parents more than the remaining 14,241 untrained parents because of budget constraints.
“Wala pa naman kaming nakikitang rason para pahabain ‘yung deadline. As of now, patapos na ang karamihan sa public schools sa pagkukumpleto ng mga attendance ng parents,” De La Cruz explained.
She was referring to Paso de Blas Elementary School, Maysan Elementary School, Parada Elementary School, Caruhatan East Elementary School, and Isla Elementary School.
But, De La Cruz said, these schools still have yet to schedule another training session in order to accommodate parents who were previously absent.
“May mga school na tapos talaga na sa nai-set nilang date para sa Grade 1 to 6 pero hindi pa sila nagsu-submit ng [completion] form para maka-attend ‘yung mga parents na hindi nakapunta sa date na naka-schedule sa kanila,” she said.
The local government of Valenzuela City will give new equipment to any of the 39 public elementary schools that will achieve high attendance rate from parents in their Nanay-Teacher Parenting Camp.
On a memorandum of the Department of Education (DepEd) on October 13, public elementary schools with 75 or higher percent of parent attendance rate will receive new liquid-crystal display (LCD) projectors, laptops, and light-emitting diode (LED) television.
These equipment will be donated as incentives for complying with the guidelines set by the Valenzuela City and will be used to upgrade the modes of learning in public schools. (Tim Alcantara)