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What makes Baguio the Education Center of the North


Baguio City - The “Summer Capital of the Philippines” is now solidifying its claim as the Education Center of the North.

 

In a recent move, the august body approved the first reading of a proposed ordinance, sparking a closer look at the factors that distinguish Baguio as the educational hub of the northern region, reported the city’s Public Information Office.

 

Under the proposed ordinance, Baguio's declaration as the Education Center of the North signifies the city government's unwavering commitment to delivering quality education. The objective is to continually improve and progress through a responsive education agenda while addressing crucial gaps in the fight against illiteracy and other forms of capability deprivation.

 

With an average annual enrollment ranging from 155,000 to 165,000 students across child development centers to tertiary education institutions, Baguio stands as a beacon of learning. The city hosts an array of more than 300 private and public colleges, universities, schools, and technical-vocational institutions, employing an estimated total workforce of 7,210 based on the 2021 Community-based Monitoring System (CBMS).


One noteworthy aspect is Baguio's role as a home for English as a Second Language (ESL) schools. Pre-pandemic records reveal the existence of over 60 ESL schools in the city, boasting an average of 18,000 enrollees annually and contributing to an estimated annual gross receipt of P2.7 billion.

 

The city also takes pride in its century-old heritage schools and learning institutions that have stood the test of time.

 

Baguio is home to Asia's premier military training institution, the Philippine Military Academy (PMA).

 

Its achievements extend beyond academia into the realm of sports. The city consistently produces highly talented youth and students who emerge as winners and champions in regional, national, and even international competitions, both in academic and non-academic tournaments.

 

The proposed ordinance emphasizes Baguio's commitment to quality and inclusive education through various pro-youth welfare programs. From educational assistance and job placement to mental health initiatives, special education programs, and sports programs for the youth, Baguio demonstrates a holistic approach to student development. The city also engages in reading camps, academic festivals, career coaching, cultural empowerment programs, peace education, and innovative-based endeavors, fostering a dynamic and well-rounded educational environment.

 

As Baguio advances towards said distinction, it aims to cement its role as the primary force shaping the educational landscape in the North.

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