THE first “Cyber-Graduation Ceremonies” rites were held in all public elementary and secondary schools in Taguig city on Saturday afternoon sending graduates of Batch 2020 without easing up the health and safety protocols of the COVID-19 community quarantine.
Officials of the city government led by Mayor Lino Cayetano and the Department of Education attended the afternoon rites at the Senator Renato “Compañero" Cayetano Memorial Science and Technology High School (SRCC) wearing face masks and observed social distancing.
Simultaneously, footage of the graduates’ families was displayed on the LED screen. The graduates themselves watched from home via Facebook Live with their families.
Later, in separate rites at Taguig’s 24 public elementary and 12 other public high schools, the same robots will receive the diplomas in lieu of nearly 17,000 other graduates.
The ceremonies are part of Taguig’s Safe City initiative, which helps the city undertake its programs with minimum health standards conforming with COVID-19 protocols.
“We know how deeply symbolic a graduation ceremony is for graduates and their parents,” said Mayor Lino Cayetano. “This is why we came up with a program that can help them celebrate their accomplishment while respecting health standards and policies during the COVID-19 community quarantines.”
Mayor Cayetano said to further mark the graduation of the 16,923 graduates of Batch 2020, the city government offered them cash incentives which is beneficial to their families during these difficult times.
Under the cash incentive program, 12,931 Grade 6 graduates will receive P1,000 each. Meanwhile, P1,500 will go to 3,276 students graduating from Grade 12 while those who had displayed academic excellence will continue receiving the incentives given in the past school years.
Top 1 students in the 24 public elementary schools and 13 public high schools in Taguig will receive P15,000 each. Those who came in second will get P12,500 and the rest of the Top 10 will receive P5,000 in Grade 6 and P7,500 in Grade 12.
Those who took first place in their sections will also get incentives of their own. Some 269 Grade 6 graduates will get P2,500 each and 77 Grade 12 graduates will get P5,000 each.