BAGUIO CITY- For the second time around, Balanga City emerged as champion in the 2014 National Literacy Awards (for component city category) during the selection held in this City of Pines over the weekend.
The awarding ceremony was witnessed by department heads led by Administrator Rudy de Mesa and barangay officials of this City. Balanga City first won this prestigious award in 2012.
Elated by this national award, Mayor Joet S. Garcia congratulated all the finalists/entries who, he said “believe in prioritizing education to bring about inclusive progress and development.”
In his acceptance speech, Mayor Garcia said “this award means so much to our City because our vision is to be a city that is known for excellent education and strong learning atmosphere (both formal & informal)… by fostering the culture of learning. Our participation in last year’s 1st Learning Cities Conference held in Beijing organized by UNESCO introduced us to the learning cities concept, such as inclusive learning in the education system, revitalized learning in families and communities, effective learning for and in the workplace, extended use of modern technologies, enhanced quality in learning and a vibrant culture of learning throughout life.”
The multi awarded City Mayor also pointed that this has also opened the doors for Balanga to be part of the Global Network of Learning Cities (GNLC) which, he said “now allows us to benchmark with other countries’ best practices and contribute to the research & development of this important concept.”
Mayor Garcia also took cognizance of the dedication of all barangay officials in implementing the learning barangay week where senior citizens, women’s group, out of school youth, fishermen/farmers who continuously undergo various skills and livelihood training, assessment programs as well as get to know and participate in barangay affairs. “All our 300 officials completed the barangay executive management program, a short course designed by the Bataan Peninsula State University,” Garcia said.
He also lauded the more than 5,000 parents who took the time to attend the City’s ‘EduChild’ parenting program to become even more responsible, saying this has led to 100% promotion rate and 20% of them are honor students in the elementary level.
He said also cited the efforts of the more than 2,500 teachers from daycare, elementary, high school and college, for their dedication in sharing their knowledge to the students, making Balanga City Schools Division to consistently top NAT rankings and ALS passing rates in Central Luzon.
“We’ve dedicated a wall at the city hall called the University Town Wall of Fame to recognize our college graduates who have landed in the top 10 of board/licensure exams in engineering, architecture, accounting, education, nursing & others,” Garcia proudly reported.