New ?smart? Pisay campus to rise in Koronadal City

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[/caption] ?This will be a smart campus,? said Department of Science and Technology during the groundbreaking ceremony at Brgy. Paraiso, Koronadal City last June 22. ?We?ll make this new campus really unique, not only in curriculum but also in physical structure and design of the buildings and architecture. This campus will stand out,? he added. The PSHS system is under the administration of the DOST. Its curriculum is focused on science and mathematics, but is balanced with humanities and the arts. The newest PSHS campus will rise on a five-hectare land worth P7.3 million donated by the South Cotabato province. The campus will comprise of academic buildings, research and laboratory facilities, dormitory, and other facilities. ?Hindi po kayo manghihinayang sa budget na ibibigay n?yo,? said Dr. Josette Biyo, executive director of the PSHS system. ?We promise to give your kids the best education.? Earlier, Montejo reported that PSHS students from the Western Visayas campus bagged the grand champion title in the Asean +3 Junior Science Odyssey held June 10-17, 2012 in Brunei. Meanwhile, while another set of PSHS students from the PSHS-Central Luzon (Clark) students won four silver and one bronze medals in the same tilt, bringing a total of 12 medals for the Philippine team. ?This just proves that PSHS students are world-class,? said Montejo. The new campus received support from various leaders to jumpstart its construction in time for next school year. South Cotabato governor Arthur Pingoy Jr allocated P5 million to fund the initial construction of the campus?s facilities, while Yacap party-list representative Carol Jayne Lopez donated P5 million, which she handed to Pingoy during the ceremony. In addition, Lopez also allocated an additional P1 million as a counterpart to Pingoy?s additional P1-million budget for constructing the road going to the campus. Koronadal City mayor Peter Miguel allocated P5 million while Agham party-list representative Angelo Palmones, who pledged P2 million, also committed an additional P1 million for road construction from his Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF). Pingoy revealed that the provincial government has already prepared the campus? initial program of work, to be approved by Montejo and Biyo. Pingoy said he hopes that the campus will be ready by 2013. Meanwhile, the campus is now accepting applications for school year 2013-2014 up to July 6. DOST-12 director Zenaida Laidan said students who are in the top 10 percent of the graduating class and those with special aptitude in science and mathematics can take the PSHS National Competitive Examination on Sept. 29, 2012. ]]>

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