DAGUPAN CITY – The city government, Department of Education (DepEd) Dagupan and the Dagupan Federated Parents-Teachers Association (FPTA) have vowed to work more closely for the continuous implementation of education in the city.
This was iterated by stakeholders during  the 3rd PTA Summit held at CSI Stadia on the theme “Fostering LGU and PTA Partnership for the Betterment of Students’ Welfare”  on January 17.
Mayor Belen T. Fernandez, in her message, underscored the importance of coordinating with DepEd, the FPTA and other education stakeholders in the implementation of education programs.
She also shared how the PTA Summits contributed to the significant improvement to the quality of education in the city in the past.
Through the summit, the city government was able to identify and address concerns raised by FPTA members in terms of infrastructure, provision of educational materials and supplies and others.
At present, the local government has improved educational facilities in public schools and has constructed modern multi-purpose covered court gyms and multi-storey buildings for public schools.
FPTA President Kgd. Imelda Gonzales disclosed that the schools in the city have levelled up through the immediate actions of the local government and the Schools Division Office.
Meanwhile, Asst. Schools Division Superintendent Dr. Lourdes Servito conveyed her gratitude to Mayor Fernandez  for the  unwavering support of the city government as prime stakeholder of education.
“Our Mayor has now allocated P272-million for education,  apart from the budget allocated years ago, “ added Servito.
Doubling from last year’s P129-million, the budget allocation for this year is the biggest in the entire history of the city.
The city government also regularly earmarks a P5-million budget  for DepEd’s annual Brigada Eskwela.
Corollary to this, PTA representatives from each public school presented their respective budget proposal for Brigada Eskwela 2019 which was discussed and reviewed during the program discussion.
Present during the summit were City Budget Officer Luz de Guzman, City Health Officer Dr. Ophelia T. Rivera, City Planning and Development Officer  Josephine Corpuz, Schools Division Legal Officer Atty. Jose Oviedo, Division Engineer Tatum Manzano and FTPA Vice President Kgd. Roger Paragas.
At least 700 PTA members composed of principals, teachers and parents from 39 public schools attended the summit. (Verdelle De Vera/CIO)