LINGAYEN, Pangasinan – “Let us unite to improve the welfare of our youth!”
Governor Amado “Pogi” I. Espino, III thus enjoined school heads and educators in his address during the Ilocos Region Senior High School (SHS) Colloquium of the Department of Education (DepEd) at the Urdaneta City Cultural and Sports Complex in Urdaneta City recently.
Recognizing the great role of teachers as “second parents” to their students, the provincial chief executive lauded the sacrifices made by teachers in the collective learning of the Pangasinense youth.
He also promised to carry on the reforms for youth development initiated by his predecessor Congressman Amado T. Espino, Jr. of the fifth district, whom he pinch-hit for in the occasion.
“We at the provincial government, together with you teachers, commit to guide better the next generation,” Gov. Espino said.
Underscored on the theme “Rising to the Challenge of Change for Excellent Leadership & Moral Service”, the event is the culmination and awarding for the SHS school heads who have completed modules I and II of the School Heads Development Program by the National Educators Academy of the Philippines (NEAP).
Present during the event were: Urdaneta Mayor Amadeo Gregorio Perez, DepEd Region 1director Alma Ruby Torio and schools division superintendents from the 14 divisions under Ilocos Region with NEAP professional development officer Charles Cedrick Maghirang, the guest of honor and speaker for the event, and Executive Assistant IV Ramon Morden.
The colloquium saw the awarding of two Outstanding Teachers/Ulirang Guro in the region, Richard Collado from the Ilocos Norte National High School and Ruisalyn Reyes from the Lingayen I Central School.
Among the participating schools divisions were: Ilocos Norte, Batac City, Laoag City, Ilocos Sur, Vigan City, Candon City, La Union, City of San Fernando, Pangasinan I, Pangasinan II, Alaminos City, Urdaneta City, San Carlos City and Dagupan City.
By Dexter A. See