Aquino assures disbursement of government funds in programs that will directly benefit the Filipino people
Source: Presidential Communications Operations Office
President Benigno S. Aquino III assured the favorable disbursements of government’s funds in programs that will directly benefit the people and empower them to become productive citizens as he urged them to take advantage of the opportunities being offered them as a potent step in uplifting their standards of living.
In his message following the Inauguration of the Phase 2 building and groundbreaking ceremonies for the Phase 3 of the Eulogio Rodriguez Integrated School in Mandaluyong City, President Aquino noted the innate skills of the Filipinos as a very important tool in nation-building.
“Tinitiyak natin na ang pera ng taumbayan ay mapupunta sa kanila, makapagdudulot ng kaalaman at magbubunga ng kabuhayan… kaya naman sa ating mga estudyante, huwag sana ninyong palampasin ang magandang pagkakataong ibinigay sa inyo upang makapag-aral at umasenso,” the President said.
“Taglay ang inyong mayamang kaalaman at kasanayan, talaga naman pong malaki ang maitutulong ninyo sa lalo pang pag-usad ng ating ekonomiya at ng bayan tungo sa kaunlaran,” he added.
The President also noted the government’s unyielding efforts to effect reforms in the country’s educational system. He called for the people’s support in these efforts that will eventually result to the country’s sustainable progress and development.
“Hindi po tayo magpapa-diskaril, nagagawa na po natin ang sinasabi nilang imposibleng pagbabago, nawa’y patuloy po tayong magdamayan at magtiwala sa isa’t-isa, sa ganitong paraan hindi po malayong matamasa na natin ang matagal na nating mithiin na maiangat ng husto ang Pilipinas at ang sambayanang Pilipino,” the President said.
According to the President these reforms include the allocation of over two hundred billion pesos for the Department of Education in the year 2012 to cover the acquisition of additional school equipment and the construction of additional 66 thousand classrooms within the next four years.
“Naglaan po tayo ng 238.8 bilyong pisong pondo para sa DepEd para sa taong 2012, mula sa pondong ito mahigit labing-pitong bilyong piso ang inilaan natin upang maibsan ang kakulangan ng kagamitan at pasilidad sa mga paaralan at sa pagtatayo at pagpapaayos ng mga silid aralan,” President Aquino said.
“Sa pangunguna ni Kalihim Bro. Armin Lusitro, target po natin makapagpatayo ng humigit kumulang animnapu’t anim na libong classrooms bago matapos ang ating termino,” he said.
The President also bared the allotment of funds to avail some more quality books for the students and the Government Assistance to Students and Teachers in Private Education (GASTPE) program, a government project, created through Republic Act No. 6728, providing opportunities to impoverished students who cannot afford to study in private schools. The government recognizes the contribution of private schools in the country’s educational system, and as such, made improvements through the maximization of their existing resources.
“Kasado na rin po ang pondo para sa pagbili ng mga de kalidad na mga libro nang hindi na kailangan pang maghati-hati ng maraming mag-aaral sa luma at punit-punit na mga aklat… pinagbubuti na rin po natin ang government assistance to students and teachers in private education para masolusyonan ang pagsisiksikan ng mga mag-aaral sa mga pang-publikong paaralan,” President Aquino said.
During the event, the President led the unveiling of the project marker of the ERIS four-storey, 40-classroom building project amounting to 65 million pesos. He also led the groundbreaking rites of the ERIS Phase 3, a two-storey, 12-classroom school building.
Also present were House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr., Mandaluyong Mayor Benjamin Abalos Jr., Mandaluyong Representative Neptali Gonzales II, Technical Education and Skills Development Authority Director General Joel Villanueva, House Committee on Basic Education Vice Chairman and Deputy Majority Leader Jorge “Bolet” Banal, Quezon Province 4th District Representative Lorenzo Tanada III and Aurora Representative Juan Edgardo Angara, among others.
Earlier, President Aquino led the groundbreaking ceremonies of the Andres Bonifacio Integrated School (ABIS) Proposed Site in Welfareville Compound, also in Mandaluyong City where he was also joined by some cabinet and local government unit officials. (Jayson Cruz Luna / 1:11 p.m.)
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