MESSAGE FROM THE VICE PRESIDENT OF THE PHILIPPINES

MESSAGE FROM THE VICE PRESIDENT OF THE PHILIPPINES

FROM THE VIDEO MESSAGE OF THE VICE PRESIDENT OF THE PHILIPPINES, HON. SARA DUTERTE, TO THE PROJECT FORTH

Assalamu Alaikum.
Madayaw ug maayong adlaw kaninyong tanan!
Magandang araw sa inyong lahat.

I wish to congratulate our teachers who have been chosen to undergo the valuable training for teachers under the Formation of Teachers in Challenged Areas in the Philippines program, or FORTH. I thank the European Commission for funding this important project, which is being implemented through the prestigious Erasmus Program of the European Union and implemented by the University of Groningen in partnership with the Philippine Commission of Higher Education and the Department of Education, particularly in the divisions of San Juan City, Manila, Iloilo City, Davao City, Bacolod City, and the province of Negros Occidental.

Project FORTH can make a great difference in the professional growth of our teachers so they become better teachers and help develop learners who are active and responsible citizens. This group of teachers can also encourage all our current teachers, across ranks, to find purpose and passion in the teaching profession. As we strengthen our pre-service teacher education through the implementation of RA 11713, or the “Excellence in Teacher Education Act”, we thank the creators of Project FORTH for their assistance to our teachers. The master’s program major in Teaching in Emerging Challenged Areas is a welcome addition to the current programs we have for teachers as it addresses one very important strand in our Philippine Professional Standards for Teachers—teaching learners in difficult circumstances. This program could contribute to our goal of providing to our teachers relevant and inclusive education to our learners.

Congratulations to the teachers from the cities of Manila, San Juan, Iloilo, Davao, Bacolod, and the province of Negros Occidental. As you are sent off, I wish you great success and blessings in this journey. Go FORTH and be a light to our learners and your fellow teachers as we work together to shape young minds and build a skilled and future-ready Filipino workforce.

Lahat para sa Diyos, bayan at pamilyang Pilipino. Shukran.