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PIA Press Release
2008/08/21

Eastern Visayas LGUs, solons pledge continued support to DepEd programs, projects

By Marivic Alcober

Tacloban City (21 August) -- In the recently held "Pasidungog" and Stakeholders Night hosted by the Department of Education (DepEd), Region 8 which is part of the celebration of their 33rd Founding Anniversary, Local Government Officials and Congressmen pledged their continued support to the different programs and projects of DepEd.

In her welcome message, Director Matugas said that DepEd will continue to plant the seeds of excellence toward a fruitful 34th anniversary.

For his part, Calbayog City Mayor and Regional Development Council Chairman Mel Senen S. Sarmiento expressed his unwavering commitment to support DepEd-8 in all its endeavors. Likewise, Mayor Sarmiento urged the Local Government Units in Eastern Visayas to provide buses to address the problem on participation rate.

Samar 1st District Representative Reynaldo S. Uy urges LGUs to support DepEd in any possible way they can, like providing school buses, more school buildings, and additional teachers, among others. According to him, "DepEd has made tremendous improvements not only in physical structures but also in terms of academic achievements being a consistent topnotcher, both in the elementary and secondary national examinations. Congressman Uy also shared that Region 8 is one of the poorest region in the country, however, it is one of the richest in terms of academic achievements.

Meanwhile, Leyte Governor Jericho Petilla thru Vice Governor Mimiette Bagulaya expressed also his full support to the department. To cope with the challenges we are facing today lies on the hands of the educators, hence, DepEd needs full support from each and everyone to be able to provide the youth quality education they deserve.

Education Secretary Jesli Lapuz, who was the guest of honor, was so impressed by the cooperation and support extended by said officials to Director Sol F. Matugas of DepEd.

According to Sec. Lapus, education is a good anti-poverty measure. He said that if participation rate will be increased, the problem on classroom shortage can be easily addressed rather than illiteracy, which gives bigger problem in our country. Education is for all, hence, if funds are pooled together, classroom and teacher shortage can be easily solved and more will be given the opportunity to enjoy education, Sec. Lapus was referring to the LGU's Special Education Fund. (PIA-8) [top]

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