Dagupan City – “Reform does not happen with blue print plans, with principles and ideologies and with memorandum or contracts. If you want reform, you need concrete people who are passionate and convinced of the reform, and you are here because you will be the instruments of the reform.”

This was the resounding message of the Guest of Honor and Speaker, Archbishop Socrates A. Villegas to the educators during the Region 1 Senior High School Summit at Lay Formation Center, Dagupan City on May 17, 2016.

300 participants and stakeholders coming from various schools division in Region 1 were truly inspired by the message of Archbishop Villegas. The archbishop also stressed that the Senior High School Program is everyone’s concern- parents, teachers, stakeholders and every Filipino who believes that this country needs educational reform to make the lives of youth better towards total human growth.

The open forum participated in by the students, parents and stakeholders went out smoothly as the 14 Schools Division Superintendents (SDS) responded actively to their queries pertaining to the SHS Program implementation.

Testimonies of the SHS Milestones were also shared by the students, teachers, and parents through a video presentation.

In her SHS Milestones Report of the region, Regional Director Alma Ruby C. Torio presented the accomplishments and updates of the 14 schools divisions as to their preparations for the SHS opening in June 13, 2016.

The Regional SHS Summit concluded with the signing of the Pledge of Commitment spearheaded by DepEd Undersecretary for Legal and Legislative Affairs, Alberto T. Muyot, RD Alma Ruby C. Torio and the 14 Schools Division Superintendents.