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Mayor Guia G. Gomez receives the KABALIKAT AWARD Dr. Wilfredo E. Cabral, OIC-Regional Director of NCR from Dr. Torrecampo, OIC-SD receiving the Kabalikat Award

The SDO San Juan City has celebrated another year of fruitful and challenging educational milestones in San Juan City as it converges the myriad of partners in this year’s edition of the STAKEHOLDERS’ CONVERGENCE held on August 08, 2018 at the SDO Conference Room.

One of the highlights of the program commences with the Inspirational Speech of the beloved mayor Madam Guia G. Gomez who is a firm believer of the value of education in nation-building and a SOLID stakeholder who continuously catalyzes the innovative and significant transformation of education in the city. “There is no best way to realize the aspirations of the city than to provide a solid education to all our San Juaneños”, the good mayor said. She has also stressed her unwavering commitment of supporting the programs and projects of the division with a firm belief that the welfare of the youth is a primordial concern. “You can always count on me that the education of our people has a special place in my heart”- this she assured with all the other stakeholders present in the occasion.

In his message, Dr. Joel T. Torrecampo, OIC-SDS of San Juan City, thanked all the stakeholders in bringing forth the realization of the three (3) DepEd goals- Access, Quality and Governance. “This will not be possible without your constant support to the division. Our efforts to increase the access to quality education will not be possible without all of your selfless contribution, most especially, the City Government through Madam Guia G. Gomez, whose constant turn-over of school and office supplies, the ICT equipment, supplementary learning materials as well as janitorial supplies, to all the nine schools is something that we truly appreciate. We are able to do all these because we are flooded with support from the local government” Dr. Torrecampo said.

He added “SDO San Juan enjoyed sponsorships to national and international competitions like the recent feat of the little mathematicians who were sent to Singapore, Hongkong, and Thailand to represent not only the city but the country.” He further added, “This did not only happen once but, through the generosity and the genuine interest of our local government, we were able to send our teachers to international research affairs like Dr. Jay F. Macasieb, Mrs. Abegail A. Soliman, and Mrs. Marnelli B. Tolentino. The same with the benchmarking activities of two school heads, Mr. Lloyd T. Tulaylay and Ms. Marina F. Aunzo, who went to Macau and Hongkong for their networking and alliance-building initiatives.”

Dr. Torrrecampo concluded his speech by sincerely thanking everybody and stressing the vital role of each government agency, private institution, company and others in realizing the goals of education. “We are inspired by your dedicated support and so we commit ourselves to pay it forward by serving the youth of San Juan”.

Dr. Wilfredo E. Cabral, OIC-Regional Director (NCR), delivered the Keynote Speech with a challenge – “What are we betting for in the field of Education?”. He elucidated the true meaning of being a stakeholder by explaining the realities of the current situation of education in the Philippines and how each one could have a meritorious impact in improving the quality, access and governance of education. “Tayong lahat ay may TAYA sa Edukasyon at tungkulin natin na ito’y isulong sa abot ng ating makakaya”, he encouraged.

The event gathered the paragons of education in San Juan from all sectors- Local Government Agencies, private schools, civic groups, barangay officials, private corporations and all others who embrace the goals of education in San Juan City. In the conclusion of the activity, all stakeholders joined hands in a symbolic “Solidarity Bond” to emphasize each and everyone’s commitment of upholding the long-standing battle cry of the Department of Education – “TAYO PARA SA EDUKASYON”.

Article written by:

Mr. Jay F. Macasieb, DEM

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