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Gordon thanks PGMA for looking after the welfare of teachers in Sulu

Manila (5 September) -- Sen. Richard Gordon thanked President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo today for immediately acting on the request of teachers in Sulu to hold the Professional Regulations Commission (PRC) licensure examinations in their province last month.

In the past, education graduates and provisional teachers in the province had to travel to Zamboanga City or other parts of the country to be able to take the exam, entailing more expenses on their part.

Gordon thanked the President during the presentation of the 2007 Outstanding Teachers, a nationwide search sponsored by the Metrobank Foundation, this afternoon at the Rizal Hall of Malacanang. The President led the conferment of medallions on the awardees.

Gordon said the President, upon learning of the teachers' request, ordered the PRC to conduct the licensure examinations for teachers last Aug. 26 in Sulu simultaneously with other cities and provinces all over the country.

During her visit to Basilan last Aug. 23, the President, acting on another problem, directed the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) to immediately act on the complaint of teachers in Sulu who could not avail themselves of the GSIS programs and benefits due to late and non-remittance of premiums.

"Thank you, Madam President, for your quick action," Gordon said during his inspirational message.

Assisting the President in the conferment of medallions on the outstanding teachers were Education Secretary Jesli Lapus, Commission on Higher Education (CHED) Chairman Romulo Neri, Metrobank Chairman George Ty, Metrobank Foundation president Aniceto Sobrepena, and Senator Gordon, the chairperson of the search's final board of judges.

Also present were Social Welfare Secretary Esperanza Cabral, other members of the board of judges, and government officials from the locality of the outstanding teachers.

This year's outstanding teachers in the elementary category are Fredo Laureles (Ateneo Grade School, Quezon City), Jeneluj Cunanan (Lanao Central Elementary School, Kidapawan City), Madeline Rivera (San Pablo Central School, San Pablo City), and Leticia Palle (Malaybalay City Central School).

The secondary level winners are Glendale Lamiseria (Dulag National High School, Leyte), Ruben Abucayon (Alegria National High School, Surigao del Norte), Norma Pacaigue (Novaliches High School, Quezon City), and Cynthia Banguero (Barotac Viejo National High School, Iloilo).

The higher education level winners are Benilda Santos (Ateneo de Manila University) and Ceasar Saloma (University of the Philippines, Diliman).

The winners also received a trophy and P250,000 cash each.

In their response, Lamiseria thanked the President for upgrading the country's education system and working for the welfare of teachers, including the increase in their salaries last month.

Sobrepeņa also presented to the President the 20 PGMA scholars of the Metrobank Foundation in support to her leadership and in her shoring up the country's educational system.

The 20 scholars who come from the urban poor are now enrolled in various four-year courses at the Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP) and the Technological University of the Philippines (TUP). (OPS) [top]

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