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Regional directors, representatives of the government agencies, and some private stakeholders together with Butuan City Mayor Ferdinand Amante, Jr. and other officials witness the inauguration of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Caraga’s new Science and Technology Center, as well as the groundbreaking of its Metrology Laboratory at the Caraga State University (CSU) Campus, Barangay Ampayon, Butuan City headed by Regional Director Lyndo Villacorta. (PIA-Caraga)

PIA Press Release
Thursday, June 23, 2011

Agusan del Sur Gov heightens empowerment of students in his Pagtoon program

by David M. Suyao

AGUSAN DEL SUR, June 23 (PIA)-- Agusan del Sur Gov. Adolph Edward Plaza recently handed over numerous medals to students, both in the high school and elementary levels who excelled in academic and leadership performance in schools. These included students who have exemplary achievement and have brought honors and prestige to the province, as part of the “Pagtoon Alang sa Masanag nga Kaugmaon" program.

Mark Lloyd Dapar, a student from Bayugan received the Bae Naipaganda Award during the 44th Anniversary Celebration of Agusan del Sur, together with his adviser, for being the national science fair champion in the Intel International Science and Engineering fair held in the U.S.

Numerous medals for academic excellence award were also pinned by Gov. Plaza to all high school and elementary students who graduated valedictorian this year recognizing their academic performance.

The Lipus Makapandong award was also given to students who became president of their schools’ students’ government organization in recognition for their leadership.

Exec. Assistant Paul Salinas said the purpose of awarding medals is to encourage and heighten the morale of the young people so that they will excel more in their field of study.

According to Salinas, the Pagtoon Alang sa Masanag ng Kaugmaon Program is a partnership of the provincial government of Agusan del Sur (PGAS) and the Department of Education.

It has three main objectives: 1) develop all elementary schools in Agusan del Sur to be model of excellence by providing books for the barrios.

The books came from the USA, and the expenses for the freight and handling are shouldered by the PGAS and the municipal LGUs.

2) establish library centers in all schools province-wide. At present, there are already 298 functional Pagtoon libraries in the province.

3) give due recognition and awards for all the students from elementary and high schools that excel in their fields of study. (PIA-Agusan del Sur)

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