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Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Recom supports Gordon bill

CALOOCAN Mayor Enrico “Recom” Echiverri yesterday made an urgent response on the plea of Education (DepEd) Secretary Jesli lapus on the shortage of public school teachers, books and classrooms, despite the hefty increase in the agency’s 2009 budget.

This, as Echiverri expressed full support to the bill requiring telecommunication companies to share 50% of their net revenue earnings from text messages, to support government education program and health infrastructures.

Echiverri is also rallying members of the League of Cities of the Philippines (LCP) to support the passage of the measure that could generate an estimated P98.7 billion annually for use in education and other health programs.

For his part, National Liga ng mga Barangay president Ricojudge “RJ” Echiverri said he will also be leading the national barangayan in support of Senate Bill 2402.

The younger Echiverri said almost 40,000 barangays in the entire nation will be supporting the landmark legislation.

Echiverri’s move is in support of Senator Richard Gordon, the main proponent of the bill, who earlier called on his colleagues in the Upper Chamber to speed up the passage of SB 2402 that would require every commercial mobile service provider to remit half of its net revenue earnings arising from local text messages.

“The bill would also upgrade our current education system so that it will be able to rival the public education systems of developed nations.”

Echiverri noted that with the added funds, the government will be able to construct classrooms, laboratories, cafeterias and other school facilities. New books, desks, chairs and teaching materials shall also be able to hire new teachers , conduct training programs for them and grant scholarships to student,” he added.

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