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Taguig City used robots for "Cyber-Graduation Ceremonies".

About 179 students from Senator Renato “Compañero” Cayetano Memorial Science and Technology High School (SRCC) joined the ceremonies on May 22.

The graduation at SRCC is Taguig’s pilot “Cyber-Graduation Ceremonies,” rites in all public elementary and secondary schools that would send off Batch 2020.

It aims to ease up the health and safety protocols of the COVID-19 community quarantine.

Officials of Taguig City, the Department of Education, and SRCC, all of whom wore face masks and observed social distancing, attended the rites at the SRCC Auditorium.

The robots were made by SRCC’s very own whiz kids from Taguig Robotics Team. They won the city several gold medals at international tilts.

The Taguig Robotics Team developed four remote-controlled robots fully made with recycled materials.

On behalf of the 179 SRCC graduates, the toga-wearing robots received the diplomas as the live videos of the graduates were projected on the heads of the robots as their names were called to claim their diplomas.

The footage of the graduates’ families was simultaneously displayed on the LED screen.

According to the LGU, the graduates themselves watched from home via Facebook Live with their families.

Mayor Lino Cayetano said the safety of the students is their primordial priority that is why the city government found a way to safely conduct the momentous event, honoring the hardships of graduates.

“Here, we see beyond the restriction, and launch a pioneering use of technology to rightfully mark the hardships of our graduates and their parents. We refuse to let COVID-19 diminish the value of this momentous event,” he said.

“We know how deeply symbolic a graduation ceremony is for graduates and their parents.”

Dr. George Tizon, Taguig City Education head, said they came up with such because they want to celebrate the graduation of students while strictly observing social distancing.

“And this is why they decided to use technology in helping these students celebrate their accomplishment while respecting minimum health standards and without breaking policies that prohibit mass gatherings,” he said in a statement.

According to Tizon, the mayor ordered that these ceremonies will be replicated later on Taguig City’s 17,000 graduates from its 24 public elementary and 12 other public high schools.

Incentives

The Taguig LGU said it will give incentives to the 16,923 graduates of Batch 2020.

“We wanted to incentivize their achievements. Thus, we decided to give them cash incentives that can be beneficial to their families in these difficult times,” Cayetano said.

The city government said the 12,931 Grade 6 graduates will receive P1,000 each. On the other hand, P1,500 will be given to 3,276 students graduating from Grade 12.

The LGU said those who had displayed academic excellence will continue receiving the incentives given in the past school years.

Top one 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.

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.

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