By Merlina Hernando-Malipot
For her efforts to uplift the quality of education in the country, Education Secretary Leonor Briones received an “education champion award” from Manila City government.
Briones received a plaque of appreciation for being an education champion from outgoing Manila City Mayor Joseph Ejercito Estrada during the 448th Araw ng Maynila celebration at the Tent City of the Manila Hotel.
As one of the recipients of the “Tagapagtaguyod ng Edukasyon 2019” by the Division of City Schools – Manila, Briones expressed her gratitude and appreciation to Estrada for his “all-out support to the milestones of education in the city.”
“Sa tingin ko karapat-dapat lamang na ang mga award na ito ay mapunta kay President Mayor,” Briones said, noting that before Estrada assumed his post as Mayor, he requested the college administration of the University of the Philippines to conduct a a study on the city of Manila
“Isa sa aming tinignan ang kalagayan ng edukasyon at ako ay natutuwa, proud na proud na ire-report sa inyo na ang aming mga rekomendasyon, ang aming mga findings tungkol sa edukasyon dito sa siyudad ng Maynila ay kaniyang tinupad,” she added.
Briones also congratulated the teaching and non-teaching personnel as a “way of acknowledging their exemplary roles and contribution in making basic education accessible to everyone, especially to those who are in disadvantaged areas.”
Together with Estrada and School Division Superintendent of Manila Jenilyn Rose Corpuz, Briones also led the conferment of awardees.
These outstanding educators were honored “for their pursuit of excellence in their specialized field, developing innovative teaching strategies and more importantly being a good role model to their peers.”
The Search for Outstanding Educators forms part of the Programs on Awards and Incentives for Service Excellence (PRAISE), which is in line with the Revised Policies on Employee Suggestions and Incentives for Service Excellence (ESIA) provided under the Civil Service Commission (CSC) Resolution No.010112, dated January 10, 2001and DepEd Order No. 78, s. 2007 entitled, “Strengthening the Program on Awards and Incentives for the Service Excellence at the Department of Education” which is also referred as “DepEd-Manila PRAISE.” Each of the awardees received a plaque of commendation, a medal of excellence from the City Government of Manila, and cash incentive of P50,000.