As part of the whole-of-society approach, Mayor Joy Belmonte has approved the enactment of City Ordinance SP-3182 establishing a Learning Recovery Trust Fund for cash donations intended for implementing learning recovery programs for QC public schools.
The global education crisis, worsened by the COVID-19 pandemic, has resulted in significant setbacks to students’ learning. The World Bank estimates a learning poverty rate of 90.9 percent in the Philippines, where 9 out of 10 children aged 10 are unable to read and understand a simple text. According to NEDA, long-term COVID-19 impacts include lower future income, productivity, and competitiveness.
The Quezon City Government has been working closely with DepEd Schools Division Office to map out and implement concrete plans and programs that will address the needs of every QC student. “A crisis of this magnitude requires all stakeholders to adopt a unified focus in prioritizing the needs and interests of our children. Our approach should be comprehensive and coordinated, which would demand the participation of multiple stakeholders including educators, parents, policymakers, and private organizations”, emphasized Mayor Joy Belmonte.
According to the Mayor, the establishment of a dedicated education trust fund will promote collaboration and partnership between the city and other stakeholders in education. The mayor urges businesses and associations to invest in learners as they are their future workforce. “The current learning crisis is a disturbing phenomenon that ultimately affects our youth. Our strategy among other initiatives is to provide targeted remediation to students who need it most, focusing on foundational skills, such as Reading and Math, which are essential for success in other subjects”, said Mayor Belmonte.
As the QC Government receives various forms of assistance, the creation of the QC Learning Recovery Trust Fund serves as a dedicated account for educational initiatives.
Introduced by Councilors Dorothy Delarmente, Aly Medalla, and Shay Liban, the ordinance establishes a Fund Management Team composed of members of the Local School Board, responsible for overseeing the allocation of funds with utmost care and prudence.
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