Feature: PGMA focuses on quality education, vows to upgrade SNCAT
by Robert E. Roperos
Surigao Del Norte (17 February) -- President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo yesterday (February 16) vowed to bring quality education to Filipino youths by establishing and upgrading facilities of every state colleges and universities nationwide.
This is the meat of the President's speech highlighting the Mindanao Agribusiness Tour in this province held in the Engineering Building of Surigao del Norte College of Agriculture and Technology (SNCAT) in Brgy. Magpayang.
According to the President in Cebuano dialect, education is the best way to fight poverty that is why her administration is investing much in education.
"Kinahanglang nga mu-invest gyud kita sa edukasyon tungod kay ang edukasyon maoy maka haw-as sa kapobrehon ilabi na dinhi sa probinsya sa Surigao del Norte diin kini nahi-apil sa pinaka-poorest province nationwide (We need to invest in education because education will alleviate poverty especially here in Surigao del Norte where the province is considered one of the poorest nationwide)," she said.
Also, the President vowed to help SNCAT to upgrade its facilities, including the additional manpower complement who will mold the students to achieve quality education in agriculture and technology.
During the activity, the President presented to the crowd estimated at 350 composed of students, faculty and staff as well as the local community the projects under the Mindanao Agribusiness where photos and details of the said projects were presented on a big screen.
After her presentation, the President immediately proceeded to Mainit Kasili Lakeside Resort in Brgy. Quezon of this town for the lunch with her party composed of Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) Sec. Jesus Dureza, Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) Sec. Leandro Mendoza, Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Sec. Victor Domingo, Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Sec. Horacio Ramos, Press Sec. Crispulo Icban, Commission on Higher Education (CHED) Commissioner Hadja Luningning Omar, and Agusan del Norte 1st District Representative Jose "Joboy" Aquino II. (PIA-13) [top]