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EDUCATION

The Lepanto National High School

Lepanto helped in the construction and maintenance of “in-camp” schools- the Lepanto National High School (LNHS), the Lepanto Elementary (LES), the Marivic Elementary School (MES), Paco Elementary School and nine pre-school/daycare centers. The LES, MES, PES and LNHS regularly reap not only local awards but also national recognitions. From the year they were established, they have produced 11,000 graduates, many of whom are now excelling in various fields. More than 2,000 students are enrolled in these four schools, yearly. 

Lepanto has produced BIR Commissioner, a mayor, a governor, a congressman and a number of local government officials. Lepanto has also produced a bishop, priests, pastors, nuns, and other religious workers. 

Through the Lepanto Educational Assistance Program (LEAP) of the SDMP, indigent students from the different barangays of Mankayan, Benguet, Cervantes, Ilocos Sur and Quirino, Ilocos Sur are sent to college. On average, the LEAP has 450-500 scholars every year. Free full college education is granted to those who are enrolled in state universities and colleges while financial assistance is provided to those studying in private institutions. Since the program started in 2002, 516 scholars have graduated and a number are already working with the company. Aside from LEAP, the company supports the studies of students from the community taking Mining Engineering and Geology. They are provided financial assistance and are assured employment with the company upon their graduation. To date, there have been five grantees under the program.