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THE MIAGAO NATIONAL HIGH SCHOOL


Way back in 1997, when the supervision and control over the Southern Iloilo Polytechnic College was transferred from the Department of Education, Culture and Sports to the Commission on Higher Education, numerous problems cropped up especially the imposition that the SIPC High School Department must only admit 150 students per year level.

As a temporary stop-gap measure, the Palaca-Damilisan National High School – SIPC Extension was established on that same year through the initiative of Mr. Eduardo P. Moreno, PDNHS Principal, and the full support of the Municipal Government through Mayor Julieta N. Flores. The hiring of several teachers was prioritized by the Municipal School Board to augment the teaching staff and a sizable portion of the Local School Board Fund was allocated for the salaries and other benefits of the teachers. Through the untiring requests and representations of Mayor Flores, the Iloilo Provincial Government, through Governor Arthur D. Defensor, provided financial assistance for the hiring of additional teachers, procurement of school facilities and the construction of a school building.

A more permanent solution to the problem was also formulated in 1997. On that same year, the creation and establishment of the Miagao National High School was sought by the Local Administration. The Municipal Government adopted a two-pronged approach: one was through the administrative or executive method wherein representations with DECS and other agencies were made by Mayor Julieta Flores and the Sangguniang Bayan and the other method was through legislative representations. Whichever method causes the creation and establishment of the MNHS shall mean victory for Miagao.

On August 22, 2000 Republic Act No. 8879 entitled “An Act Establishing a National High School in the Municipality of Miag-ao, Province of Iloilo to be Named as the Miag-ao National High School” was enacted by the 11th Congress of the Philippines. It was learned that the expeditious establishment of the MNHS was made possible through the full assistance and support of then Senate President Franklin M. Drilon who is an avid benefactor of Miagao, Senator Teresa Aquino-Oreta who is the Chairperson of the Senate Committee on Education, Arts and Culture and Representative Ninfa S. Garin of the First Congressional District of Iloilo who introduced House Bill No. 4575 that was necessary in the establishment of the MNHS.

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