Advance preparations ensure smooth school opening in Makati


June 6, 2017

Ref.: Makati ICRD, 899-8938



Advance preparations ensure smooth school opening in Makati


The first day of classes in Makati public schools on Monday went off without a hitch through advance preparations made by the city government in collaboration with the Department of Education-Makati, the Makati Police Department and barangay leaders.


Makati Mayor Abby Binay said the city’s public schools, consisting of 27 elementary, 10 junior high, and eight senior high schools, have sufficient number of classrooms and teachers to accommodate the influx of students typical during the first week of classes.


“We want to start the school year right that is why the city and its partners have undertaken measures to ensure a smooth sailing school opening in Makati,” Mayor Abby said.


The said measures include the deployment of some 102 local police officers to man police assistance desks set up in the schools to provide security and maintain order in school premises and surrounding areas. Another 16 police officers have been detailed to manage traffic at major thoroughfares near schools with big student populations, such as Benigno Aquino High School and Fort Bonifacio High School in District II.


The mayor also acknowledged the successful implementation of the week-long “Brigada Eskwela” last month which ensured clean and orderly classrooms and school premises in time for June 5. The said activity was conducted through the joint efforts of parents, teachers, barangay officials and volunteers, the local police and fire departments, Dep-Ed Makati, and the city government.


Last month, the mayor ordered the early delivery of various school supplies to the schools to ensure their prompt distribution to Makati students. This year, the city has allocated P714.6 million for Project FREE (Free Relevant & Excellent Education), which provides free school supplies and uniforms to public school students.


Notebooks will be distributed as follows: seven writing notebooks each for pre-schoolers, Special Education (SPED) learners, and Grades 1 and 2 pupils. Grades 3 to 10 students will each receive eight composition notebooks, while Grades 11 and 12, and Makati Science High School students will have 10 each. Grades 7 to 12 will also be provided with one Math notebook each.


For pad paper, preschoolers, SPED learners, and Grades 1 to 4 will be given five writing pads each, and for Grades 5 to 12, five intermediate pads each. Every student will receive one student diary. On the other hand, preschoolers, SPED learners, and Grade 1 students will have five fat pencils each, while Grades 2 to 12 will have five regular pencils each. Grades 3 to 12 will receive five pens each.


Under Project FREE, each student will also receive two sets of school uniforms, one P.E jogging pants, two Makati t-shirts, a pair of black leather shoes and a pair of rubber shoes. Preschoolers and Grade 1 pupils will also get one free school bag each.


To date, enrollment in Makati public schools is still on-going.



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