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DOT chief lauds DepEd-Butuan, Agusan del Norte

by Robert E. Roperos

Butuan City (June 15) -- Tourism Secretary Joseph Ace Durano who is also the Cabinet Officer for Regional Development (CORD) in Caraga lauded the Department of Education in the divisions of Butuan City and Agusan del Norte.

Delivered before the crowd estimated at around 2,000 attending the opening program of the "Kalayaan 2009" in commemoration of the 111th Philippine Independence Day here on Friday (June 12), Sec. Durano said the performance of the elementary pupils and high school students during the program is a proof that DepEd is geared towards giving excellent basic education to youths of this region.

This is the opening statement of the Secretary after he was introduced by pupils of Butuan Central Elementary School (BCES) Science and Technology Center in a speech choir performance.

Overwhelmed by the performance of the pupils, Sec. Durano said "Siguro kung naa ko'y mga dagko nga events, kung pwede, dad-on ta mo aron kamo ang mag sige ug introduce nako" (Maybe if I have big events, I will bring you so that you be introducing me in all those events), Sec. Durano said.

With this, he congratulated DepEd for giving proper training to students. "I really have to congratulate the DepEd here in Butuan City and in Agusan del Norte. It's not only the speech choir performance is given due recognition but all the performances that has been shown this morning by your students must be lauded, as well", Durano said.

"Usually, kung i-introduce ang usa ka speaker, ang kadghanan magduka… Pero sa inyong pag-introduce kanako karon, wala gyu'y nagduka… Hasta ako, nawala akong duka" (Usually, if a speaker is being introduced, majority is sleepy… But with the introduction you made for me, nobody is sleepy… including me), Durano added.

Aside from BCES, Sec. Durano also lauded the students of Agusan National High School for giving very nice performances both in singing and dancing through the students of the Special Program for the Arts (SPA) curriculum.

Also, BCES Special Education (SPED) Center Special Children were given recognition by Durano who also rendered interpretative dance. The performers were composed of visually- and hearing-impaired pupils.

"Again, congratulations to DepEd… That was one of the best performances I've seen on Independence Day Celebration," Durano disclosed. (PIA-Caraga) [top]

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