Congressman Jerry P. Treñas
My warmest greetings to the teachers, students, parents and community leaders who are present this afternoon for the turn-over of the newly completed school building to the Melchor L. Nava National High School.
I am very pleased to know that our school children will no longer have to stay in the Calaparan Elementary School covered court due to the shortage of classrooms in Melchor Nava High School. The completion of the two-classroom school building shall allow the teachers of the school to hold classes at an adequate venue.
Article II, Section 17 of the 1987 Philippine Constitution clearly provides that the state is mandated to give priority to education, science and technology, arts, culture, and sports to foster patriotism and nationalism, accelerate social progress, and promote total human liberation and development. Sadly, the state has yet to fulfill this mandate, as our national government continues to allow our public elementary and high schools to remain understaffed and poorly-equipped. The facilities of our public schools must be enhanced in order to provide a sufficient learning environment for all of our students.
Priority should be given to the construction of school buildings and the allocation of more teachers to the various public schools all over the country. Instead of wasting public funds for various purchases and endeavors which provide little or no benefit to the country, more funds should be allocated for the improvement of basic education.
In order to solve the problems that presently beset our nation, it is a must for us to invest in the future. Education is a blue chip investment. We must invest in the education of our youth in order to allow them to have a better future.
I honestly believe that providing quality education is a non-negotiable issue. Aside from the Constitutional mandate requiring the state to prioritize education, it is the moral responsibility of our national leaders to secure the future of our young citizens. All of us here are aware of the only means to pave a path for a brighter future for our children.
Education is the only road that will allow our youth to create a prosperous future.