MANILA, Dec 12 (Mabuhay) – President Benigno S. Aquino III cited the importance of science, technology, and education as potent tools for the country’s sustainable growth.
In his message during the opening ceremonies of the 2012 Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization Regional Center for Educational Innovation and Technology (SEAMEO-INNOTECH) 13th International Conference at Edsa-Shangrila Hotel on Tuesday in Mandaluyong City, the President said technology has been bridging distance, filling gaps in language and culture, and becoming a vehicle for direct action.
The President said that both the public and the private sectors are increasingly taking advantage of all that technology offers towards mutual benefit.
The Chief Executive said that the use of modern technology is also becoming an important part in the government’s agenda of open and good governance, as he noted the role of technology in instantaneous interaction between the government and the people.
This, he added, has produced concrete results, as evidenced by the quick action and hundreds of lives saved during the devastation of Typhoon Pablo in Mindanao.
“The Philippine experience with the use of technology in mitigating the effects of natural disasters has made it clear: Today, it is all the more important for us to use technology in responsible ways, to empower people, facilitate the spread of knowledge, and advance causes that redound to the benefit of all,” he said.
The President has extended his gratitude to SEAMEO-INNOTECH for advancing the state of education in the Philippines for the past 36 years.
“Your initiatives have benefited thousands of our schools and even more students: from your assistance in improving the basic education of Filipino Muslims to computerized management and operations support tools to facilitate the administration of schools and student monitoring,” he stressed.
The Philippine is doing its strides too, the President said, adding that last April, it officially launched the K to12 basic education program that is aimed at raising the quality of the country’s education system to make it globally competitive.
Part of this measure is achieving a 1:1 textbook-to-student ratio, and filling the country’s lack of classrooms and school seats shortage, the President said.
SEAMEO-INNOTECH International Conference is organized every two years, attracting educators, policymakers and researchers from private and public organizations, non-government organizations and international funding agencies.
The participants seek meaningful exchange of ideas and experiences in critical education issues. “Educating for the Future We Want: A Green Southeast Asia” is the biennial conference’s theme.
Joining the President during Tuesday’s event were Education Secretary Armin Luistro, CHED chairperson Patricia Licuanan, TESDA Director General Joel Villanueva, Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio “Sonny” Coloma Jr. and SEAMEO INNOTECH Center Director Ramon Bacani. (MNS)