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CHED-CAR commends Saint Louis College Bulanao

Tabuk, Kalinga (28 February) -- For its "more pronounced achievement in transforming the quality of life of students and their families" Dr. Freddie T. Bernal, Regional Director of Commission on Higher Education (CHED) commended Saint Louis College of Bulanao for its development efforts.

In his keynote speech, Bernal congratulated the school administration under the leadership of its President, Bishop Prudencio Andaya Jr. for their initiative "in pursuit of the avowed mission- vision and goals of the school."

Bernal was the guest of honor during SLCB's First Academic Session last February 19, 2009 to give honor to several leaders, school employees and students who had shown exemplary achievements for the school and community.

"I noted the efforts made by everyone for the continued growth and development of the school particularly in the aspect of providing access to quality and relevant education to the students and meaningful services to the community," he expressed.

He said that this development could be a result of the "prodding, nagging and pushing of CHED officials" for the institution to meet the minimum standards for the college's application for permit and recognition.

For pending the application, the CHED director appealed for an "unconditional pardon" explaining that CHED is just doing its "regulatory and supervisory functions for the best interest of the school, the students and the community."

However, Bernal gave recognition to the role of SLCB for being "instrumental in the peace and development efforts of Kalinga and the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR)."

"I really admire the school for making the acronym PEACE its centerpiece in its vision-mission," he said.

Redefining its vision-mission to be at par with the changing times, the school has committed to (P) promote Peace and justice consciousness; (E) enhance Ecological and cultural awareness;(A) strive for Academic excellence and competence; (C) become Christian disciples and leaders; and (E) attain Educational professionalism.

Meanwhile, in pursuit of a better educational system in the country, President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo has recently announced that her administration has begun this year the initiative to create a forward-looking national education program.

She said that this program which will involve the consolidated efforts of the Department of Education, CHED and the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) is being done because of the need "to generate more social impact from education".

She also reiterated the determination of her administration to bring down the dropout rate in school to 5% by 2010 challenging Education Secretary Lapus to bring this closer to reality in line with millennium development goal called "universal primary education". (ggd/PIA-Kalinga) [top]

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