Education is important for the development of an individual. It’s not just about making education accessible to all, but also providing quality education. Anchored on this premise, City Mayor Francis Anthony S. Garcia, Vice-Mayor Vianca Lita V. Gozon, city councilors, City Education and Excellence Development Office (CEEDO), Department of Education (DepEd) – Balanga City officials, city department heads and community stakeholders jump-started the 9th Education Summit held at Lou-is Resort and Restaurant.
This year’s Education Summit theme was : “Education in the 21st Century: Addressing the Needs of Millennial Learners”. The two-day (Aug. 24-25) event had four sessions, two sessions per day, to accommodate delegates composed of school heads and teachers in both primary and secondary schools.
Dr. Carolina S. Violeta, OIC-City Schools Division Superintendent, reported on the status of education, the developments from 2016 up to early 2017. She highlighted how the local government and stakeholders helped them in their journey towards development of their sector.
Main speaker was Prof. Henry S. Tenedero, MDM, CPM, and President, Center for Learning and Teaching Styles. Tenedero, a well-known motivational speaker with sterling credentials in the academic field, moved delegates with his inspirational talk, sharing his expertise learned from years of studies. “Teachers exert a lot of effort in ensuring that students learn well. Teachers are the front liners of education, and they are responsible for the quality of education students will receive. This is why they deserve to be properly rewarded, not only financially, but with the respect they deserve.”
Mayor Garcia also inspired the audience with his message. In it he acknowledged the efforts done by both the education sector and the different stakeholders who worked together for the continued development of the city. He also underscored how the values of students in Balanga City and the Province of Bataan, especially their graduates, are being positively perceived in Manila, Pampanga and in other parts of the country. “Information and education is a right for us, for the youth. We at the LGU are mandated to provide education for the youth for their own gain. Please help the youth take full advantage of the atmosphere we want to have, to maintain an environment of a new and good life with the aid of the city government,” he continued.
Thank to the sponsors of this event which made it realizable and remarkable, among them: Smart, Alcatel, K-Servico, De Guzman Group of Companies, Earthlinks, The Plaza Hotel, Oppo, McDonald’s, and Crown Royale Hotel. By: Cyrus Dela Cruz