Recognizing education as an effective long-term solution to achieve our vision of an Abante Lamitan City, the City Government has always been supportive of our educational sector’s endeavors in terms of the following:
Augmenting educational facilities and infrastructure
In 2015, our Vice Mayor, Hon. Roderick Furigay together with Mayor Rose Furigay, donated 1 hectare lot with a right of way for the proposed construction of the DAMASO FURIGAY MEMORIAL HIGH SCHOOL in Barangay Calugusan. This will initially be equipped with 20 computers from the sisters of our Vice Mayor, Mrs. Amy Furigay-Quides and Mrs. Vivian Furigay-Dudgeon. Also, as an incentive for our youth, Uniform and school supplies will also be provided for them. And the City Government will be subsidizing the salary of the Teachers.
The City Government supported the Construction of the Lamitan City Special Education (SPED) Center for our children with disabilities at the Lamitan Central Elementary School. This center has 2 classrooms and is ran by 5 SPED teachers supervised under the Department of Education. As of today, 24 pupils are enrolled in SPED.
Last Year, we supported the opening of the Villa Asuncion National High School in Barangay Ulame by giving allowance to 4 volunteer teachers. To date, there are 19 students enrolled.
In the Youth Sector, we have been very active in empowering out of school youth together with USAID EDC-Mindanao Youth for Development Program, non-government organizations and different lines agencies like DepEd, DOST, and Action Bridges Aspirations (ABA) Trainings as our reliable partners. With our programs on the youth, we had a total of 162 graduates while 331 OSYs are currently enrolled in the Alternative Learning System. In addition some OSY graduated from ACES Natural Farming Institute, while others continued their studies.
As for educational assistance, 358 college and high school students were given a scholarship during SY 2014-2015. From our LGU subsidized scholars since the time of former Mayor now Vice Mayor Oric, 50 already graduated from college and 20 students graduated from secondary education. This number increased to 385 scholars for school year 2015-2016.
Update on Mahad Islamiya, a Madrasa located in Lagasan:
1. Our Congressmn, Hon. Jim Hataman-Salliman, donated one classroom building.
2. Additional One classroom building from Anak Mindanao Partylist Representative Hon. Sitti Djalia Turabin-Hataman;
3. And road concreting from the High way going to Madrasa through the support of our Regional Governor Mujiv Hataman.
4. The City Government of Lamitan donated the 6,000 sq.m lot for this madrasa.
5. Last year we had 100 Madaris teachers; this year, 50 more Teachers were added –from 100, we now have 150 Madaris teachers, each receiving a monthly allowance and fuel allocation.
6. The City Government has also allocated for the extra-curricular activities of the students such as the:
PALARONG ARMMAA 2015. This annual event is regularly participated by our high school and elementary students, where they are able to show the abilities and discipline of a Lamiteño athlete. And in the three years that Lamitan City has participated in this event, our young delegates have never failed to give us honor. Last year, our high school delegates were hailed as the overall champion, while our elementary team bagged the 2nd runner up for their division. They were even cited as the most disciplined delegation and Best in Uniform.
However, our young athletes are NOT only the source of pride and honor in the education sector, our teachers who have untiringly guided these students have also given us pride and honor in the ARMM Region. In 2014, one of our teachers has been recognized as one of the most outstanding teachers in the ARMM Region. She is no other than Mrs. Adora Nicolas. Then in 2015, 2 others garnered the same recognition in the persons of: Dr. Laura Belarmino and Mrs. Emelita Abong. Also on the same year, our very own councilor, Hon. Rima Hassan, the CEO of MACFI, have been named as 2015’s Most Outstanding Bangsamoro Educator.