Wednesday, March 5, 2014

2014 Educ Secretary's Grad Message: 'Nationalism, Excellence and Resilience'

The Department of Education (DepEd) of the Philippines has made public that graduation ceremonies for school year 2013 -2014 are scheduled on March 27 or on March 28.

Education Secretary Br. Armin Luistro
To this effect, Education Secretary Br. Armin Luistro issued DepEd Order No. 9, series of 2014 stipulating the importance of graduation rites by giving due respect to the Filipino resiliency and its success of overcoming a difficult and trying times in life as brought about by the recent calamities that occurred to the Eastern Visayas region and wrought a great havoc not only to properties, infrastructures, and lives, but to the educational status and studies of those who have been affected.

The Secretary as usual emphasized the frugality and simplicity of holding these closing or commencement rites among the graduating pupils and students of both public and private elementary and secondary schools in the country PH.

He declared that everything should be kept simple and within the reach of every needy parents who have sent their sons and daughters to school. His message is centered on the idea of nationalism, excellence and resilience to every graduate.

The Secretary's 2014 Graduation Message

The following is the message of Secretary Armin Luistro both in English and in Filipino translation:

A. English version

Hindi natitinag ang pusong Pilipino

Congratulations to our proud graduates! My warmest greetings to our school administrators, teachers, staff, and parents who have helped and guided our graduates attain this significant milestone in their lives.

Today is a testimony to the enduring and resilient Filipino spirit, to our ability to stand up again and conquer the odds, to our innate optimism to see the light at the end of the tunnel. We have proven that we can surmount any adversity by sharing our light with each other in times of darkness.

Through the many challenging moments we’ve endured, many of us were tempted to give up; but a Filipino heart refuses to be broken by calamities. We see the ray of hope in the faith and joy we share with each other even in the most trying of circumstances. We may be battered but definitely never defeated.

May this year’s theme “Hindi Natitinag ang Pusong Pilipino” be a constant reminder and a source of strength that will propel each graduate to achieve more for others and the country in spite of the obstacles that will stand in the way.

For us in the schools, may this theme remind us of the energy that should continue to animate our institutions which in turn would help us give to each of our learners the best that they deserve.

Again, congratulations to our graduates! I wish you all the best in your future endeavors.

Mabuhay ang lahing Pilipino! Mabuhay kayong lahat!

B. Filipino Version

Hindi Natitinag ang Pusong Pilipino

Mainit na pagbati sa lahat ng ating mga magsisipagtapos, at sa lahat ng tagapamahala at kawani ng paaralan, mga guro, at mga magulang na tumulong at patuloy na gumagabay sa ating kabataan para makarating sila sa mahalagang puntong ito ng kanilang buhay.

Ang araw na ito ay isang patunay ng katatagan at kakayahan ng bawat Pilipino na muling bumangon matapos ang matitinding unos. Sa pamamagitan ng pagbibigay ng liwanag sa bawat isa sa oras ng kadiliman, napatunayan natin na anumang hamon ang dumating ay ating kakayanin.

Sa gitna ng maraming pagsubok na ating hinaharap, hindi maiiwasan ng iba na isiping sumuko na lamang. Subalit sadyang matibay ang pusong Pilipino—hindi nagpapatinag sa kahit anong pagsubok—dahil sa oras ng karimlan ay nakakakita pa rin tayo ng sinag ng pag-asa mula sa pagtitiwala at kasiyahan na ibinabahagi natin sa isa’t isa. Sa mga ganitong panahon, maaaring tayo ay nagalusan ngunit hindi kailanman nagpatalo.

Mga magsisipagtapos, ako ay umaasa na ang temang “Hindi Natitinag ang Pusong Pilipino” ay tumatak sa inyong kaisipan at magbigay ng inspirasyon para makamit n’yo ang inyong naisin sa kabila ng mga hamon na darating—hindi lamang para sa sarili kundi para sa kapwa, at higit sa lahat para sa bayan.

Para sa ating mga nasa paaralan, ito nawa’y magsilbing isang paalala ng lakas at tibay ng loob na siyang dapat nananalaytay sa ating institusyon. Umaasa akong patuloy nating maibigay ang nararapat sa ating kabataan.

Muli, binabati ko ang mga magsisipagtapos. Hangad ko ang inyong tagumpay. 

Mabuhay ang lahing Pilipino! Mabuhay kayong lahat! 

SDS Portia M. Mallorca of La Carlota City
La Carlota SDS Graduation Message

By the way our schools division superintendent, Dr. Portia M. Mallorca has also issued her graduation message to the schools under our division of La Carlota. Her message:

Congratulations to all the graduates. My grand salute to the parents, teachers, school heads and staff for the concerted efforts to make another fruitful and successful year for the lives of every learner under your care.

Amidst challenges we continued to be united and  resilient to overcome the trials that come along our way. We faced each difficulty as an opportunity to be faithful and hopeful to gain the fruits of our struggles. WE gathered the stones that block our paths and turned them into bridges to reach our ambitions.  We found joy to see a flickering light in the pit of darkness.

Your positive disposition and strenght in character is echoed in the theme of our graduation, "Hindi Natitinag ang Pusong Piliino". You are now equipped with the knowledge, skills ad attitude founded on our DepED core values of being "Maka-Diyos, Maka-tao, Makakalikasan at Makabansa"There will be your beacons to make your dreams come true.

May God bless you all.

(Sgd) Portia M. Mallorca, Ph. D., CESO V
Schools Division Superintendent

Graduation Fees and Requirements

By the way. the DepED made it clear on the said order that Parents and Teachers Associations (PTAs) may opt to give cash or in-kind donations, but public school personnel are not allowed to collect any graduation fees or any kind of contribution to any student at any grade or year level.

The order so provides that all private and public elementary and secondary schools nationwide are expected to strictly comply with the requirements for graduation. Non-academic activities such as attendance to field trips and JS Promenade should not be imposed as a prerequisite to graduation.

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