PGMA stresses importance of technology, good education

March 1, 2010 11:58 pm 

Fort Del Pilar, Baguio City, March 1 — President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo on Monday underscored before the new graduates of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA), the country’s premiere military school, the importance of technology and good education.

Speaking at the 105th Commencement Exercises of the PMA ''Masidlak'' Class 2010 at the Borromeo Grounds here, the President, stressed the importance of education as foundation of the country’s progress.

She also underscored the need for better communication skills and technology for a better future especially for the youth.

''Education and technology are the twin pillars upon which the future of this nation rests,'' she said.

The President said that the ''foundation of opportunity is education. It is the key to a better life; it opens minds and open doors.''

She said that aside from good communication skills, ''we must recognize that a strong education must be accompanied by a strong backbone in technology to build the mind and connect to the world.''

For the PMA to be not just the training ground for officers of the Armed Forces but to be the center of academic excellence in the north, the President said she has ordered a curriculum review at PMA to be undertaken by a commission chaired by Dr. Consuelo Estefa of the University of Santo Tomas Graduate School.

The President said the new curriculum, which will be used for the new batch entrants, ''must conform not only to the needs of the AFP but also to the requirements'' of the PMA as the center of academic excellence in North Luzon.

The President said that in the 1990's and earlier, the PMA curriculum was heavy with engineering courses. The alumni had recommended less engineering subjects and more on communication skills.

''We have a deep desire to see a brighter future for our hardworking men and women of this nation,'' the President said as she vowed to remain hands-on and dedicated in pushing, advancing and promoting for a better education and technology infrastructure in her last months in office.

''We have come this far in both but we have far more to go and we must not rest. We have made progress but more needs to be done,'' the President said. (PNA)

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