CAGAYAN Journal (Sep 16) - Misamis Oriental Governor Oscar S. Moreno took the most obvious solution to the country's perennial problem on the shortage of classrooms – build more classrooms in the province.
The lack of classrooms is one of the education woes in the Philippines and the province of Misamis Oriental is no exception.
That is why back in 2004, when Gov. Moreno was elected governor of the province, he immediately convened the Local School Board (LSB) and asked a crucial question – when was the last time you constructed a classroom?
The members of the board were surprised because never in the past that this question was asked by the previous local chief executives in spite of the yawning need for classrooms in the province.
Being a product of good education, Gov. Moreno decided to invest big in improving education in Misamis Oriental by building better and more classrooms every year.
Since then, the proliferation of classrooms began in Misamis Oriental. In less than five years, the provincial government has amazingly completed more than 200 classrooms dispersed all over the province.
Most local government units would have shunned the idea of this ambitious undertaking due to limited funds but Gov. Moreno aggressively implemented the project by identifying the classrooms as a priority program of the provincial government.
The other day, Gov. Moreno turned over the latest set of 4 classrooms and one administration building in Naawan National High School (NNHS). NNHS is a recipient of a total of 18 classrooms from the provincial government in four years time.
Next month, Gov. Moreno is set to turn-over a three-story school building in Gingoog City composed of 18 classrooms.
He also bared his plans in building another three-story school building at the Misamis Oriental General Comprehensive High School (MOGCHS) which is located in Cagayan de Oro City catering to about 13,000 students. (MCR/MisOr Press Office)