February 2, 2021—The Bataan High School for the Arts will officially be established in Bagac, Bataan as the official signing of the usufruct agreement between the Department of Education and the Acuzar Family will take place at the Bunker, Provincial Capitol Compound, Balanga City, Bataan on February 4.

The said agreement will be entered by and between the DepEd as Usufructuary represented by the Schools Division Superintendent of DepEd Bataan Romeo M. Alip, PhD, CESO V, and Miss Maria Jose A. Bautista, landowner and daughter of Jerry Acuzar, owner of Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar.

This is by virtue of the Special Power of Attorney dated January 13, 2021 issued by DepEd Assistant Secretary for Legal Affairs Atty. Alberto T. Escobarte, CESO III in favor of SDS Alip which authorizes the latter to execute a Usufruct Agreement to utilize a portion of a parcel of land located in Poblacion, Bagac, Bataan for the establishment of the Bataan High School for the Arts.

Through Republic Act No. 11190, the Bataan High School for the Arts is the 2nd specialized public high school in the Philippines offering arts-focused education after the Makiling-based Philippine High School for the Arts (PHSA).

The establishment of the Bataan High School for the Arts was made possible through the concerted efforts of the Provincial Government of Bataan headed by Hon. Albert S. Garcia and Hon. Jose Enrique S. Garcia III, representative of the Second District of Bataan, the author of RA 11190 by virtue of which the school was created.

According to DepEd Regional Director May Eclar, the Bataan High School for the Arts aims to develop artistically gifted and talented students by implementing a special secondary education curriculum and support programs committed to the conservation and promotion of the Filipino artistic and cultural traditions. This is also a Center for Arts and Design of the Senior High School Program among the twenty school divisions of Central Luzon.

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