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PIA Press Release
2007/04/23

DepEd to address backlog in classroom, textbooks

TABUK Kalinga (23 April) -- Department of Education Undersecretary Antonio Inocentes vowed that government through DepEd will continue to construct classrooms, provide textbooks and other educational needs of schools.

Inocentes was here April 17 to grace the inauguration of the Kalinga Library Hub housed at the old Division Office at the Bulanao Central School compound.

He said the backlog on classroom, textbook and teachers will be addressed as government continues to improve its fiscal policies focusing its spending on more pressing and priority programs and projects. DepEd is among those recipient departments that will receive more funding assistance.

In his speech, he exhorted teachers to inculcate reading habit among students as he asked them also to read books with their pupils. "We cannot experience everything but as we go on reading books, the experience is there being felt," he said.

He pointed out that books written by local and foreign authors are best sources of information. "Reading is part of training the mind to understand things and events which are useful in our growth and secure children of a bright future," he added.

Meanwhile, James Bejarin, Chief of Staff of Congressman Laurence Wacnang stressed the importance of computer literacy. Recalling his elementary days when there were limited books and no computers, he called on teachers of schools with computers to maximize the use of them.

It can be recalled that dozens of units of computers were provided by the Office of the Congressman to several elementary and high schools including the Alternative Learning System merged with the Library Hub.

Alongside with DepEd's motto: "Bringing books to schools nationwide and making every Filipino child a reader," Fr. Joseph Panabang who led the blessing shared the motto "read more to learn more."

On the other hand, retired Schools Division Superintendent Emilia Bayubay, who conceptualized the project said the books and plastic bins were donated by BG Consolidated Holdings, Inc through its country director Marcelo Figuroa.

Expressing her gratitude, Bayubay said "this library hub was made possible through the generosity of so many donors."

PTCA Federation President Benedicto Sugguiyao appreciated the project saying "this library hub could serve as a center of the learning process since a library is important for the growth of children." (PIA-Kalinga) [top]

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