PGMA stresses importance of education and IT in nation-building

May 13, 2010 7:38 pm 

SIRUMA, Camarines Sur, May 13 – President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, during a visit to this town Thursday spoke of the importance of education and information technology (IT) as means towards the nation’s progress.

“Ang malakas na edukasyon ay dapat kasama ng malakas na backbone ng teknolohoya. (Strong education should have a strong backbone that is technology),” President Arroyo said.

Demonstrating this tack, the President ordered the Department of Education to include this Camarines town in the list of municipalities where schools satellite broadband facility will be set up so students can have Internet access.

"This is my 'recuerdo' (remembrance) to you," she told Siruma students and residents.

She gave the order, noting the Internet facility is needed to help enhance the learning experience of Siruma students. Computer use in school is limited at present.

The President said that students worldwide use the Internet as a tool for accessing information needed in their studies and added she wants Siruma students to have this same opportunity.

The Arroyo administration continues promoting the spread of information technology nationwide as it believes this will help move the nation forward.

"We mustn't stop while there are places like Siruma where technology is needed," the President said.

Because of the government’s commitment to address the problem of poverty, 100,000 schools had been constructed and P2 billion had been spent in the improvement of the educational system in the nine years of the Arroyo administration.

The President said that education is the foundation for opportunity in order to uplift an individual and the nation.

To be globally competitive, the President said that efforts had already been made to improve the curriculum in schools so students will learn math, science and English faster.

President Arroyo reiterated that she will continue to pursue active governance until the last day of her term as President of the Republic ends.

The President stressed the three priorities of her administration that are important to the Arroyo government.

“Dagdagan ang kapangyarihan at kaunlaran na dinadala sa mga rehiyon; Patuloy na itataguyod ang halaga ng 3 E’s, Edukasyon, Environment at Ekonomiya sa ating pagsisikap para lumikha ng tuloy-tuloy at pantay-pantay na launlaran; Tuloy-tuloy na tutuok sa kabataan ng bansa bilang ating pinaka pag-asa”, was the President’s message.

Meanwhile, President Arroyo said the commitment of her government in building infrastructure has paved the way for tourism in the Bicol region to flourish.

The Arroyo government spearheaded the construction of Maharlika Highway, Andaya highway and Caramoan road that made it easier for goods and people to move around the region.

There are already two airports in the region and the building of an international airport in Daraga, Albay is ongoing.

After her message to residents, President Arroyo walked 50 meters to the "Tindahan ng palengke" (formerly Tindahan ni Gloria) and inspected the price of rice. National Food Authority rice (NFA) rice costs P25 per kilo, which is much cheaper than the commercial rice.

President Arroyo then inspected the Botika ng Bayan and was glad to see that commonly-used medicines were readily available.

“Very good, dala nila ang mga gamot na karamihan binibili ng mga tao,” she said.

The Botika ng Bayan here benefits 17 barangays where the townspeople can buy cheap medicine. Paracetamol here costs 50 centavos compared to P5 in private drug stores. (PNA) LAP/OPS/utb

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