Damilag Elementary School, Paquibato District, Davao, Philippines
Damilag Elementary School teaches students in grades first through sixth in Northern Mindanao. The school has 30 instructional rooms and 10 non-instructional rooms, which are all powered by a power grid. With 1,019 students, class size is around 34 students. For the 2013-14 school year, Damilag had 1,019 students enrolled. This makes the school a big school, with 769 more students than the average school. The school has more male students (528) than female students (491) - for every one female student there are 1.1 male students. Damilag is one of the urban barangays in the municipality and is one of the most thickly populated. As of 2007, the estimated total population of the barangay is 9,297. The population is almost equally distributed between male and female. Twelve percent of the population are below five years old, 13.8% are between six to 12 years old, and 9.2% are between 13-16 years old. Thirty eight percent are already part of the labor force. Based only on the percentage of children 16 years and below, the dependency ratio of the barangay is approximately 35.0% significantly higher by 13 percentage points than the labor force participation rate of 32.8%. This indicates that there are more mouths to feed than there are hands that earn incomes.
Damilag has one public elementary school and one private elementary schools. Secondary education is provided by Saint Jude Academy, which is privately owned. Tertiary education is not available within the barangay. It is noted that despite the availability of free public elementary education, there is a significant number of the children between 6-12 years old who are not attending school. In 2007, there were 226 children with ages six to 12 years old are not attending elementary school. A cross tabulation of the data reveals that this number comprises 17.7% of the total population within this age bracket. Meanwhile, 28.4% or 243 children with ages 13-16 years old are not attending high school. Over 11% of children with ages 6 to 16 years old are not attending school.
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