MESSAGE OF DEPED Secretary Leonor Briones during the inauguration of the 2 three-storey school buildings in West City Elementary School that was led by Dumaguete City Mayor Felipe Antonio Remollo and Deped Undersecretary for Administration Alain Del Pascua, Friday, along with the top officials of Deped to include Central Visayas Regional Director Salustiano Jimenez, City Schools Division Supt. Gregorio Cyrus Elejorde and other city officials.
SECRETARY BRIONES: And I recall clearly that when I visited Dumaguete City at the height of the Marawi rebellion, we welcome families, we welcome learners of all the way from Marawi who settled here in Dumaguete to continue their studies.
Dumaguete has always been a welcoming city and this is a wonderful trait of Filipinos — a wonderful trait of people from Negros Oriental.
By the way, during the last— recent lecture of Ambeth Ocampo he debated with the naming of one of the island as Landrones in our archipelago as Landrones Island.
Sabi niya that is a misinterpretation because Filipinos are generally— later on of course we called ourselves Filipinos — generally are very hospitable, friendly, and trusting and Negros Oriental really exhibits these characteristics.
So let’s enjoy the sight of our two new buildings and let’s pay homage to the memories that are awaken —memories of teachers, of our learners, and graduates who have become —who have turned out to be very prominent personalities in the country.
Let us look forward to the future and Mayor Ipe is right West City Elementary School has always been noted for the quality and the brilliance of their learners as well as the competence of their teachers.
So let us keep up this tradition and as we continue rebuilding this country we look forward to more and more contributions from the province in terms of our graduates, our learners, our excellent teachers, and of course our excellent elementary, high school, senior high school and junior high school as well as higher education institutions.