By Genalyn Kabiling
No Filipino child should be denied access to quality education regardless of his or her circumstances, President Rodrigo Duterte said during a recent visit to Bulacan.
The President highlighted the precious gift of education to children while attending the groundbreaking of two school facilities in Bulacan province last Thursday.
“Education is indeed the most valuable gift that we can leave behind to the succeeding generations,” Duterte said in his remarks.
“This is why I have been firm in my stand that no Filipino youth should ever be denied access to high quality education, whatever circumstances they may be in,” he added.
Duterte lauded the groundbreaking of Gen. Gregorio del Pilar National High School and unveiling of the proposed Pandi National High School in Bulacan. He said the school buildings would help improve the children’s lives and generate the country’s future leaders.
“I am glad to join you today as we break ground on two secondary school facilities that will soon rise here in the province of Bulacan,” he said.
“Once completed, these buildings will serve as a testament to our commitment to invest in the potential of our youth. These structures will promote their well-being, nurture their dreams, and become a breeding ground for future leaders of our country,” he said.
At the same event, the President announced the planned salary increase for public school teachers this year. He invited the teachers’ representatives for a meeting at the Palace to finalize an agreement on the matter.
He assured the teachers about the ample government funds, saying he has discussed the proposed salary hike with Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno.