First ever LGU-run school in Region 12 opens in Makilala, Cotabato

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MAKILALA, Cotabato (June 10) – The Municipality of Makilala in Cotabato has gained another milestone in governance as it opens the first ever institute to be operated by a local government unit in Region 12.

The Makilala Institute of Science and Technology (MIST) which initially offers two courses formally inaugurated today, June 13, 2014.

Officials from the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) led by Director Maximo C. Aljibe came over for the inauguration and opening ceremony of the school.

More than 600 students, all coming from Makilala are enrolled in MIST as first year students and will take up either Bachelor of Science in Agriculture (BSA) or Bachelor of Science in Entrepreneurship (BSE) according to MIST President Dr. Gerry Rigonan, the former Vice President for Operations and Academic Affairs of the Notre Dame of Kidapawan College in Kidapawan City.

MIST will start its classes on June 16, 2014 with more than 600 enrollees coming from all over Makilala with enough faculties or teaching force.

They will take up either Bachelor of Science in Agriculture (BSA) or Bachelor of Science in Entrepreneurship according to MIST school officials.

The funds used by Makilala LGU in putting up the school came from its General Fund.

“I cannot think of anything more helpful to our youth than putting up a school for them”, Makilala Municipal Mayor Rudy Caoagdan said.

As the local chief executive, Mayor Caoagdan has always given education top priority.

In recent years he has directed all public schools in Makilala to firmly implement the no collection policy in all public elementary schools. He then allotted funds for many students at the start of each school year to help them settle whatever accounts or unpaid obligations they have in school.

“I firmly believe that no child or student at that should be out of school and every one of them deserves to attain education”, the mayor also said.

The belief prompted Mayor Caoagdan to give more emphasis on education programs and like Governor Emmylou “Lala” Taliño-Mendoza, gives a wide support to education through scholarships and this time has put up a school which caters poor but deserving students.

Provincial Administrator Van Cadungon represented Governor Emmylou “Lala” J. Taliño-Mendoza in the inauguration.

PA Cadungon said that the Makilala LGU has taken a big leap towards peace and development by establishing the first LGU-run institute not only in the province but in the whole SOCKKSARGEN or Region 12.

“This is something we can be very proud of.  Education is totally free here in MIST and the only thing the students must do is to study hard and finish their respective courses”.

He conveyed the advocacy of Gov. Taliño-Mendoza in giving the youth the education they deserved.

The provincial government through the Provincial Scholarship Program (PSP) presently has a total number of 1,171 scholars where 229 are graduating next year. There were more than 300 students who graduated as PSP scholars in the last two years.

Meanwhile, the facilities in MIST are 90% finished and are soon to be completed as to buildings and other school amenities. Its faculties and school personnel are also all set to start the classes.

The entire school administration went through some series of strategic planning the last of which lasted for five days.

The inauguration today was followed by the presentation of students to CHED and a school orientation for students was also conducted to familiarize them with the school administration and policies. .

Delighted, Mayor Caoagdan is highly optimistic that MIST will be an instrument for all the youth in his town that wanted to go to school but is deterred by poverty.

Gov. Mendoza is all out in backing up Mayor Caoagdan and the Makilala LGU in this endeavor that puts the students’ welfare above all.

“Education is a right of every child and we in the provincial government will not let this to remain as expressions only but to realize this to give the youth what they deserve.” Gov. Mendoza said.

The MIST indeed, is a landmark of education in the municipality of Makilala being the first ever LGU-run school not only in the province of Cotabato but the entire Region12.

This is also a higher level of success the province has attained in the 100 years of its existence.

Truly, the Cotabateños take honor and pride for all the feats the province has attained and the birth of Makilala’s MIST is one of them. (JIMMY STA. CRUZ/PGO Media Center)



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