Rebuild Marawi schools ahead of the master plan



By Rose de la Cruz


Instead of following the timeline stipulated in the rebuild Marawi master plan, the government should rebuild the schools ahead and as soon as possible to ensure normalcy and continuity of the school year in the war-torn city of Marawi in Mindanao.


The call was made by Rep. Salvador Belaro Jr. of 1-Ang Edukasyon partylist, as he stressed that the approval and implementation of the grand master plan for Marawi City can take several years. What the Philippines’ Islamic City needs is a swifter return to normalcy or better, a new beginning.


Rebuild the schools destroyed in the city. This is his appeal to the Department of the Education, the Commission on Higher Education, the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority and the Department of Public Works and Highways.


This part of the recovery process need not wait for the master plan. It can be done ahead of the master plan. It would be the “low-hanging fruit” or quickly achievable goal, he said.


Schools are most effective at normalizing daily life. I have proposed the creation of the Marawi City Polytechnic College as a component college of the Mindanao State University. House Bill 6010 has been with the House committee on higher and technical education.


The polytechnic college would also be one fast way to prepare Marawi City jobseekers for work, industry, and entrepreneurship. Its role: be the economic and education catalyst at the heart of Marawi City.


Main campus of the Polytechnic College ought to be at the city center of the City of Marawi where it would have a crucial role in the rebuilding and reinvigoration of the city after the devastation because of the invasion of heavily-armed extremist terrorist forces and the resulting armed conflict, he added.


However, because explosive ordnance-clearing operations are still underway, a temporary campus can be built in a safe area outside of the former main battle zone.


HB 6010 seeks P300 million as initial funding for the polytechnic college.This appropriation may be augmented by funds from the current year's appropriations of the Mindanao State University and from the Internal Revenue Allotment of the City of Marawi.


HB 6010 provides that the polytechnic college shall primarily provide ladderized, associate, diploma, apprenticeship, technical-vocational, technological program offerings, as well as professional instruction and training, in the fields of study, research and extension services that dovetail with the economic and social development priorities, needs, plans, and aspirations of the City of Marawi and surrounding municipalities.


He asked the Board of Regents of the Marawi State University to exercise governance powers and authority over the Polytechnic College. Administration of the Polytechnic College shall be vested in a Dean, who shall consult with the Administrative Committee and Academic Committee and report to the President of the Mindanao State University.



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