Mandaluyong City shows its preparedness for the opening of classes this school year by issuing new sets of school and PE uniforms, bags, diary and notebooks to students of all public schools in the city. A symbolic turnover was led by Mayor Menchie Abalos, along with other city officials, at the City Hall Executive Building yesterday morning.
This year, students will also get a new pair of P.E. shoes with yellow and blue colorway - the same hues used on the public school uniform of female public school students, aside from the brand new black shoes, made by Otto, and socks.
In addition to this, the City Government has decided to issue teachers in all public school free uniforms and shoes. Mayor Abalos said after the special allowances of DepEd-hired teachers were removed, they started to look for ways that can help public school teachers in the city.
"We hope these new uniforms and shoes would help lessen any additional expenses to our teachers," she said.
According to the Schools Division Office, they expect 34,858 elementary and 21,836 high school students to enrol this coming school year. An additional school building with 42 classrooms was built, with the support from PAGCOR, Travellers International Hotel Group, Resorts World Philippines-Cultural Heritage Foundation, in time for the start of classes on June 4.
The City Council was also able to gather funds amounting to P56,000 that it donated to the Schools Division Office. Likewise, Light Mall and Accenture donated cleaning materials and paint which will be used for the repainting of Ilaya Barangka Integrated School.