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Lobregat has a heart for education - Sec Briones


“Zamboanga is near to my heart, and your Congressman here like Celso Lobregat has a heart for education,” said Department of Education Secretary Leonor M. Briones during her recent visit here in Zamboanga City yesterday.

Secretary Briones appreciated the humility and untiring efforts being done by Congressman Lobregat in making the necessary follow-ups in the national government offices and in her office in DepEd Manila, just to make sure that all the necessary infrastructures under DepED’s School Building Program (SBP) is being implemented here in our city.

“Kami ni Congressman Lobregat dugay na manag-higala sa civil society pa ku, tagaan gayud niya ug suporta and Social Watch Philippines for education and also the budget on education in Congress,” Briones said.

The Secretary also said that Lobregat has a very big role in the increase of the budget in education since 2006 until present, wherein he is instrumental being the Vice-Chair of the Committee on Appropriations where he (Lobregat) sees to it that education gets a big budget. At present DepEd budget has obtained 35% increase in budget under the Duterte administration.

“I am witness to it, ang procurement sa mga school buildings iyang ginapaningkamutan, siya muy sigui ug lakaw sa budget, siguig bantay ug ga-siguig follow up sa DepEd head office para siguradong madayun ang proyekto, daku kaayu iyang suporta sa edukasyon, “ Briones said in Visayan vernacular.

Congressman Lobregat believes that education is not only his belief but a priority advocacy and passion that education is the best tool to battle poverty, social inequity and ensure inclusive growth and a better future for the youth.

Recalled that Lobregat is the co-author of Republic Act (RA) 10931 or the “Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education Act” signed into law by President Rodrigo Duterte last August 13, 2017. He was also a part of the Technical Working Group (TWG) during the HOR committee hearing and was a member to the Bicameral Conference Committee.

This law gives free tution and free miscellaneous and other fees to students in state-run universities and colleges, local tertiary schools and TESDA accredited institutions. – Dexter Yap

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