City’s students joins STEP National Finals in Davao City
For the second straight year, the Alaminos City National High School bagged the 1st prize on Bangus Deboning during the recently concluded 7th Student Technologist and Entrepreneur of the Philippines (STEP) Regional Skills Development Competition held on November 5-8, 2007 at Mangaldan National High School.
Dr. Renato R. Viray, Alaminos City Division chief, disclosed in his letter to Mayor Hernani A. Braganza that Belen Recosana, senior student , bested anew 14 other high school students in the said competition.
Recosana was the same lass who made it all the way to the STEP national competition in Baguio City last year and emerged as grand champion on the same category.
She will be defending her title in the national finals on Nov. 19-25 in Davao City along with other regional champs.
The city also topped the table setting, STEP Bazaar, patching, won respectively by Mary Jane Español, Elvie Ngayawon, Jheremy Garcia. Another first for the city is the business plan with the group of Elvie Ngayamon, Bon Isid Rasing and Ma. Benigna de Guzman winning the gold medal.
While in pie making contest Chris Louie Ago-o settled for silver medal and Jonathan Abuso copped the bronze in the extension cord making.
Rasing and De Guzman were also adjudged as Mr. STEP and Ms. STEP second runner-up as they showed their wits, talents and personalities in a simple pageant.
Mrs. Bella R. Villanos, Education Supervisor for Technology and Livelihood Education and over-all team leader/coach said total of 15 high school students from various public schools in the city showcased their skills in 32 categories.
Villanos added that the city division has nine entries in the elementary level and was declared 4th runner-up in the team category.
Mayor Braganza congratulated the city’s pride when they paid a call at his office just recently to present their medals and trophies.
Braganza even challenged students to show their true worth in the national level and bring home the bacon.
The Mayor said “our students should make the most out of their trip and competition to polish their skills and talents and gain more values which would be their passport in landing a decent job once they graduate in high school or college.”
“ It is our long-standing commitment in the city government to raise the standard of education in our city and it’s our ardent desire to help the improve the quality of life in the countryside by first providing better education, trainings, and ensuring a healthy environment for our children,” he added.
The former DAR and Press Secretary also noted through STEP Skills Development, more and more students could soon meet the growing demands for skilled workers here and abroad.
Braganza said as their incentive for making the city proud, the Alaminos government will shoulder the air fare including the registration and other incidental expenses of the whole delegation when they compete in Davao City next week.
And aside from winning, the city officialdom has no other wish (for them) but to have a safe travel.(CIO)