Reg 9’s science high school to rise in Zamboanga town

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By A. Perez Rimando

DUMALINAO, Zamboanga del Sur—The Department of Science and Technology has chosen this progressive town as venue of the agency’s Philippine Science High School to serve beginning next school year.

Western Mindanao or the Zamboanga Peninsula is the country’s only region without a national science high school.

The school will sit on a five-hectare lot adjacent to the Rebokon National Agricultural School.

The property was donated by the mayor of Dumalinao town, Ace Cerilles.

The proposed site of the school is a 25-minute ride east from the capital city of Pagadian.

Science and Technology Undersecretary Fortunato dela Peña said the Rebokon area would be an ideal venue for the science high school. “The fast-growing coastal village is populated by peace-loving and cooperative Christian farming families,” Cerilles added.

The Philippine Science High School focuses on science and mathematics to attract deserving students who belong to the Top 10 of their class.

The scholars are entitled to free tuition, allowance, textbooks and other relevant instructional materials and are encouraged to pursue careers in science and technology.

Dela Peña said the department intends to allot P400 million for the construction of a two-story academic building, a student dormitory, a laboratory, and teachers’ salaries.