MAKATI CITY – Makati City students are enjoying more educational benefits from the local government in a bid to prepare young people for the future.
The local government’s Project FREE (Free Relevant Excellent Education) now includes the distribution of rubber shoes called “Air Binay” by netizens, raincoats and rain boots, anti-dengue kits, and hygiene kits.
Since its inception in 1995, this project has been providing free school supplies and school uniforms to Makati City students.
Makati City Mayor Abigail Binay said the city council started to include Alternative Learning System (ALS) in its social development as beneficiaries of the initiative.
Some 43 boys in the Makati Youth Home and 41 girls in the Makati Social Development Center received free supplies, uniforms and shoes from the city government.
In her recent State of the City Address (SOCA), Binay revealed the second edition of “Air Binay” is slated for distribution this month to about 49,873 kinder to grade 6 students and Special Education (SpEd) learners as well as 40,171 students from grades 7 to 12.
The city government initiated innovative programs last year in line with the city mayor’s vision of “globally competitive Makatizens” emerging from the city’s public education system.
These include free tutorials in mathematics, work immersion programs for senior high school students and SpEd learners, and free educational trips, among others.
In September last year, the city launched Project MILES (Mathematics Intensive Learning Enhancement for Students) aimed at improving the mathematical proficiency of public schoolchildren in the city. It uses worksheets and “KooBits”, a highly personalized Singaporean mathematics software.
It also launched the Senior High School Work Immersion Program (SHS-WIP), wherein senior high school students are deployed to various offices and project sites of the city government, and are provided with training related to their course.
The city started SPEED for SpED, a training program for SpEd learners aimed at increasing their productivity and employability. Its first batch of beneficiaries composed of 150 SpEd learners received transportation and meal allowances while attending skills training in Makati’s public senior high laboratories, and during work immersion proper with industry partners and City Hall.
Meanwhile, the city has also allocated P100 million for free educational trips of public schoolchildren in Makati under the Talent Optimization Programs for Students (TOPS) which seeks to stimulate their desire for learning during the early years of their education.