Sec. Briones speaks at 155th UB grad rites

DEPED SECRETARY Leonor Magtolis Briones (left photo at the rostrum) delivers her message as guest speaker of the 155th Commencement Exercises of the University of Bohol last October 23, 2018 at the university quadrangle.

Department of Education Secretary Leonor Magtolis Briones was recently in town as the guest speaker of the 155th Commencement Exercises of the University of Bohol held last October 23, 2018, at the university quadrangle.

Speaking before the newly-minted 410 graduates and various guests, the 78-year-old Negros Oriental native greeted the audience in the vernacular. In her opening, the secretary emphasized the importance of finishing a college degree as a weapon to meet the different challenges in the outside world. She encouraged the young professionals to teach in private schools amid the migration of teachers from the private sector to the public schools. Citing the constitutional provision on complementarity or balance between private education and public education, Sec. Briones strongly recognized the specific role of the private education sector in education vis-à-vis with public schools.

The education chief likewise stressed that private schools were of quality standards. She further encouraged both public and private institutions to work harmoniously for the good of learners. Throughout her speech, the secretary lauded Boholanos as known scholars, honest, serious and admittedly “buotan” (good).

Sec. Briones together with (left to right back row) Atty. Nuevas T. Montes, former UB President, Dr. Victoriano B. Tirol III, UB President, Trustee Amparo Castañeda. Trustee Fe Icamen, Trustee Felix Lao, Jr., Dr. Jes B. Tirol, Trustee Vittorio Gallito and Trustee Will Tyron Tirol.

In closing, Secretary Briones provided some very sound advice to the graduates. She implored graduates to be prepared for change; to never stop studying and learning; to never forget the beautiful culture and history of the Boholanos, and to never forget God as the source of all the wisdom and beauty of this world.

During the graduation rites, Sec. Briones was formally introduced by Dr. Jerome M. Magallen, MAEM Summa Cum Laude. She was warmly welcomed by the whole UB family led by University President Dr. Victoriano B. Tirol, III and Atty. Ulysses B. Tirol, Board of Trustee Chairman.

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