In support to the Adopt-A-School Program, the Department of Education and the Provincial Government of Ilocos Norte proved once again that strong partnership produces positive results.
”I am so happy to see your new buildings. The Department of Education and the Provincial Government have made them possible. Truly, you are very lucky. But this time, you need to do your counterpart of making sure that your new school buildings are maintained-no graffiti on the walls, no broken chairs and no dirty comfort rooms. ”
Thus stressed DepED Secretary Bro. Armin A. Luistro in his message during the inauguration rites of the two 10-classroom buildings of Paoay National High School (PNHS) of the Division Ilocos Norte, July 15.
Leading the province in the formal rites was Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos .
“There were a number of Governors of the country who requested funds for school buildings but it was only the Gov. Marcos who was so persistent, thus, the immediate approval of DepEd’s share of Php 25 M to match the Php 25 M counterpart of the Provincial Government of Ilocos Norte (PGIN), ” he enthused.
The said project includes two-10 classroom buildings at Paoay Central Elementary School.
The construction of the said buildings was urgent to give way for the rehabilitation of the Heritage Church which is a must see attraction of Ilocos Norte. The former site is currently being improved for some other purposes to boost the tourism industry of the province. The hill site where PNHS now stands is a more conducive place for study as it is located some meters away from the heart of the town.
Meanwhile, in the said occasion, Bro. Luistro commended Ilocos Norte for consistently performing well in the National Achievement Test (NAT) as number one throughout Region 1 in all levels tested-Grades 3 and 5 and Fourth Year.
Considering his current emphasis on secondary education, he announced the assignment of all local government officials present during the inauguration rites headed by the newly elected Mayor of Paoay, Hon. Dolores M. Clemente.
“This time, my urgent call is for you to reach out all who have not finished high school. I want you to have them back to school so they can be trained and become more productive citizens. I therefore solicit the joint efforts of all secondary schools and barangay officials to conduct a census and report results as soon as possible,” the Secretary appealed.
Corollary to this, Gov. Marcos expressed her thanks to Secretary Luistro for his all-out support to her province mates.
Gov. Marcos took pride in citing how the Ilocanos regard education. “Education is the priority and everybody’s dream. Once one finishes a degree, the diploma, being a symbol of achievement, has to be hanged on the wall. In almost every household it is a common sight to see several diplomas displayed,” she said.