The city government of Tacurong pledged Php 1.4 million to be used for Senior High School (SHS) implementation in five public high schools in 2016.

Mayor Lina Montilla conveyed the 100% commitment of the LGU to the implementation of K to 12 in the City of Tacurong during the K-12 Forum and Senior High School Stakeholders Summit on August 11, 2015 at the City Cultural and Sports Gymnasium.

According to the City Schools Division of Tacurong, schools in Tacurong City are K to 12 – ready, hence will offer SHS next year. These are five public high schools, seven private high schools, and one state university – the Sultan Kudarat State University.

The summit’s goal was to increase the level of awareness on K to 12, and to engage the different stakeholders in preparation for next year’s batch of senior high school (SHS) under the K-12 implementation.

In attendance during the event were hundreds of public and private school teachers, Mayor Lina Montilla, Vice Mayor Joseph George Lechonsito, all members of the Sangguniang Panlungsod, CSDT officials, and Dr. Allan C. Farnazo, Regional Director of the Department of Education XII.

CSDT K-12 stakeholders come from both internal and external partnerships, the former being school teachers, principals, and private school administrators among others; while the latter include the different partner industries of CSDT including restaurateurs, SUKELCO, TESDA, and various government agencies.

According to DepEd, the K to 12 Program covers Kindergarten and 12 years of basic education (six years of primary education, four years of Junior High School, and two years of Senior High School [SHS]) to provide sufficient time for mastery of concepts and skills, develop lifelong learners, and prepare graduates for tertiary education, middle-level skills development, employment, and entrepreneurship. (LGU-Tacurong City Information)

In the photo, students of VF Griño Memorial National High School show the skills they learned in the Cookery/Food and Beverage Technology during the pilot implementation of Senior High School in SY 2014-2015. The pilot implementation was also supported by the LGU with an P800,000 budget allocation.