by Homer R. Jajalla
The Municipal Council passed a resolution to support House Bill 6588 filed by Camiguin Representative Pedro P. Romualdo seeking to establish a national high school in Barangay Poblacion in the municipality of Mahinog to be known as the Mahinog National High School II.
According to the bill’s explanatory note, the clamor for a national high school in Poblacion has been so imminent from parents, community leaders and young students in the past years because in the municipality of Mahinog there is only one public secondary school located in Barangay Hubangon known as “Mahinog National High School” which is around 3 kilometers from Poblacion.
Data shows that Mahinog has a population of 13,168 people with 13 barangays. Barangay Poblacion has a population of 2,676 while Barangay Hubangon has 1,255 people.
The present total enrolment at Mahinog National High School in Hubangon is 704 while at Columbia St. Michael in Poblacion, the enrolment is 378.
While there is a private school in Poblacion run by the Religious Sisters of Mercy, still many students in Poblacion and neighboring areas like San Roque and Benoni even up to Maac in Guinsiliban were not able to pursue secondary education due to distance to free secondary education located in barangay Hubangon.
Local leaders believe that the establishment of a national high school in Poblacion will add to the quality of life among the people in these areas since more children can now have access to free secondary education which would mean that more and better educated a people, the greater the chances of economic development in the community.
“House Bill No. 6588 authored by our beloved Congressman Pedro P. Romualdo is a very timely and welcome development to the people of Mahinog towards shaping the future of the youth in this municipality as well as redound to the economic development of the whole nation,” the SB resolution reads. (Mahinog Municipal Information Office)