As we once again celebrate the countless triumphs and achievements of our young learners on their Graduation Day, we are also heartened to recognize the many pillars who have paved the way to achieve quality, accessible, and relevant basic education for all. This year’s theme “Sabay-Sabay na Hakbang Tungo sa Maunlad na Kinabukasan” signifies the importance of the fervent collaboration of all education stakeholders in ensuring that no Filipino is left behind. With a shared vision to foster a more progressive future for the youth, teachers, school administrators, parents, local officials, civic groups, education volunteers, and other passionate individuals continuously unite and strive further to fulfill our mission of developing life-long learners. Indeed, the old African proverb “It takes a village to raise a child” holds true as we can see an attestation that education is everyone’s responsibility.
To all our graduates, I extend to you my warmest congratulations and I leave you this challenge as well—move forward as highly proficient individuals with creativity, critical thinking, as well as character, develop a continuous enthusiasm for learning, and serve as virtuous citizens of our nation.
Aim high Batch 2017!
MALCOLM S. GARMA, CESO V
Office of the Regional Director