VP inaugurates school buildings at CamSur

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Vice President and Education Secretary Sara Duterte-Carpio (center) and community members break ground in two three-classroom buildings at the last-mile Lipata Elementary School in remote Caramoan, Camarines On Saturday August 27, 2022. FACEBOOK PHOTO/OVP MEDIA

VICE President and Education Secretary Sara Duterte-Carpio on Saturday led the inauguration of two three-room buildings in the current Lipata Elementary School – a last-mile school – in Sitio Lipata, a remote town in Caramoan, Camarines Sur, Saturday.

Duterte-Carpio said the six new school classrooms symbolize the beginning of dreams coming true.

The area where the two buildings were constructed was once used as Alternate Learning System (ALS) classrooms, but lead teacher Windel Alvarez coordinated with the Department of Education (DepEd) to transform it in school buildings.

Alvarez is the winner of the 2018 Dangal ng Bayan Awards given by former President Rodrigo Duterte and was a finalist for the 2020 World Teacher Prize.

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Sixth grader Irene Priol expressed her gratitude for the new facility where she and her fellow students can hold their lessons with their teachers.

“I am grateful to all the people who made it possible to build this school in our city. I believe this will be the key for us to fulfill our dreams in life,” she said in Filipino.

Duterte-Carpio also distributed “pagbaBAGo” school kits, containing school supplies and dental kits, to students at Lipata Elementary School, reminding the community of the need for students to understand the importance of acquiring life skills. education as a weapon to end the cycle of poverty.

“We remind children that they should study hard. Schools are there, studies in public schools are free. Our parents should force their children to go to school,” the vice president said.

Attending the 66th Founding Day of DepEd Naga City Teachers and Employees Association on the same day, Duterte-Carpio highlighted the noble contribution of teachers in sharpening the minds of learners and continuing to fulfill their their duties towards learners in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic.

“You are important to the country. You are the key to freeing the minds of our students. May you never stop shaping and caring for our young people. I hope you never tire of serving them, because you are the second light they see in your daily teaching,” she said.

Duterte-Carpio also praised teachers for their dedication to continuing to serve children amid the challenges and uncertainties brought on by the pandemic.

She pledged to maintain her support for the education sector as it continues to employ innovative techniques to pave the way for recovery and normalcy.

“We will not let your initiatives go to waste. We will continue and expand these projects and programs for DepEd teachers, students and staff,” added the Vice President and Chief Education Officer.

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