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By dominating 9 of 11 technology competitions, Taguig City catapulted the Department of Education’s Division of Taguig and Pateros to overall champion at the 2018 Regional Technolympics and Skills Competition (RTSC) held on November 28-29 at Esteban Abada Elementary School in Quezon City.

The RTSC is an annual event initiated by the DepEd to showcase the talents of students taking up Edukasyong Pantahanan at Pangkabuhayan (EPP), Technology and Livelihood Education (TLE), and Technical-Vocational-Livelihood (TVL).

Among the winning students was Grade 12 student Ricardo Aludo from Western Bicutan National High School (WBNHS), who emerged victorious in the Computer Systems Servicing (CSS) category.

Under the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) component area, the CSS event allowed a single participant to demonstrate knowledge and skill in installing and configuring computer systems and setting up computer network and server within four (4)  hours.

When asked how the CSS event worked, Aludo explained: “Unang-una po is nagbabaklas po [kami] ng computer tapos magbubuo po then magfoformat, magcoconfigure, tapos may konting troubleshooting na rin po.”

The time limit posed no problem for the participant who is competing for the fourth time since he would usually finish the task in only 1-2 hours. But he also admitted being anxious during the competition.

Aludo began joining the competition when he was in Grade 9, and previously failed to place well. But with persistence and the help of his trainer Rolando M. Iglesia, he continued to join and finally took the top plum in the regionals this year. Aludo would train to four times a week.

“Gusto ko po kasi na ma-enhance yung skills ko kaya po ako patuloy na sumasali. At saka ito po talaga yung hilig ko at yung gusto ko pong maging sa future ko,” the student explained.

Agudo, while being a full-time student, already earns money as a part-time repair technician.

Students from Signal Village National High School (SVNHS) — Abraham Canoy, Wendy Claire Anilao, Christ John Del Valle, Ylyzza Naomie Miana, Kyle Sandie Baraquiel, Gio Mabanan and Jhon Neumann Oregon — secured first runner up poitions in the categories Dressmaking, Bread and Pastry Production, and Food Processing.

Taguig Science High School’s Arthur Betez Jr. took first runner-up in Technical Drafting (CAD) category. Ramil Manago, Michael Jay Sablada and Renzly Magsipoc — also from SVNHS — won second and third runners-up, respectively, in the Furniture and Cabinet Making, and Electrical Installation and Maintenance categories.

In the elementary level, Upper Bicutan Elementary School’s Elisha Kharyl Awingan and Cynthia Leanne Lequillo, and Taguig Integrated School’s Kendrix Dave Lineallo and Allen Lorenz dela Masa were all fourth runners-up in the Dish Gardening and Silk Preparation and T-shirt Printing categories.

All regional winners are set to compete in the 2019 National Technolympics and Skills Competition which will be held on January 28 to February 1 in Dagupan, Pangasinan.

“We would like to thank the Mayor for her continued support. We hope that she continues to touch the lives of our children and to serve as an inspiration so that we can develop more leaders the way she set herself as an example for our youth,” Office of the School Governance and Operations Chief Education Supervisor Dr. George P. Tizon said.

The probinsiyudad considers the sweep as a product of its unyielding support for Taguigeño students.  

Taguig students enjoy the use of “Cyberlabs,” air-conditioned facilities complete with computers and a projector. Through the Computer Assisted Learning (CAL) program, Taguigeño students can choose to take courses in Web page design, personal computer operations, hardware troubleshooting, computer programming, digital arts, animation, Photoshop, graphics design, Web programming and digital movie-making.

In the bigger education agenda, all students from the 36 public schools in the city receive free school supplies, uniforms, hygiene kits, shoes, bags, emergency grab bags, as well as raincoats, before the start of each school year.

Once they graduate from the secondary level, they are encouraged to further their studies with the city’s Lifeline Assistance for Neighbors In-need (LANI), a scholarship program designed to cater to all Taguigeño youth. Last July 2017, the city government of Taguig increased the allowances of city scholars, now ranging from P15,000 to P60,000, depending on what type of scholarship the student has availed.

The city-run Taguig City University (TCU) also continues to offer free college education so high school graduates can pursue education up to the tertiary level. TCU students are full scholars of the city, with the local government shouldering all their tuition fees and miscellaneous expenses. 

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