Philippines underscores importance of education in alleviating poverty

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June 05 2007

MANILA — Press Secretary and Presidential Spokesperson Ignacio R. Bunye underscored today the importance of providing Filipino students with quality but affordable education as a way of alleviating poverty in the country.

“Access to quality education holds the key to povertys defeat. This administration shall continue to build more classrooms, hire more teachers, and improve our basic curriculum as part of the Presidents social payback,” Bunye said in a statement.

He said that the administration of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has given priority to the provision of quality and affordable education as an integral part of the fight against poverty.

“Let this be our nonpartisan agenda to keep more Filipino children in school rather that out in the streets or in factories, illegal establishments and other risky workplaces where they do not belong,” he stressed.

Bunyes statement came on the heels of the Department of Education (DepEd) assessment that the opening of the new school year yesterday was generally “smooth and peaceful.”

Education Secretary Jesli Lapus reported that there was a great improvement in classrooms and other school facilities in Metro Manila and other key areas of the country. (OPS) (davaotoday.com)

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