Wednesday, 16 December 2009

Lecture Series for Quezon City Public School Teachers

Heroes Hall, Malacanan Palace
15 December 2009

Around 300 public school teachers and 100 school administrators from Quezon City were invited to attend the first of a lecture series for public school teachers in Malacanan Palace hosted by President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.

The topic of the lecture is entitled "Managing Foreign Debt for Economic Development" and includes the following resource speakers -- Albay Governor Joey Salceda, Presidential Assistant for Education Undersecretary Mona Valisno and Presidential Spokesperson on Economic Affairs Undersecretary Gary Olivar.

In her speech, President Arroyo stressed that the imposition of Proclamation 1959 in Maguindanao was "based on sound information, a clear reading of the Constitution, and a deep desire to quell rebellion and restore order. The results vindicate the choice we made. We make no apologies for acting where others fear to tread," the President said.

The President emphasized that "the objective of our government from the moment martial law was imposed was to maintain it only as long as required and to work to lift it once crucial objectives had been met."

Among the results mentioned by the President after the comprehensive investigation conducted by justice officials, the police and military into the tragic crimes of November 23 and the rebellion that followed included the arrest of more than 600 individuals composed of the alleged masterminds and triggermen, seizure of over a thousand high-powered weapons and armaments, and over 500,000 rounds of ammunition that posed a security threat to the nation.

The Chief Executive reiterated that justice shall be served to the families of the gruesome massacre in Maguindanao and that peace will be achieved in the province. "As President, I have a constitutional obligation to defend this nation from internal rebellion, just as I do external aggression," she emphasized.

The lecture series aims to keep public school teachers abreast with current issues that affect the nation and provide high-level inputs that will contribute to the improvement of the quality of teaching in the country.

Various topics including climate change and national security will be discussed in the lecture series in the next 3 to 4 months for public school teachers in the cities of Manila, Caloocan, Pasig, Mandaluyong and Makati. (*NFB)

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