Vice-Governor’s Speech: Regional Schools Press Conference Closing Ceremony

A beautiful day to our Chief Administrative Officer of DepEd Region X, Office of the Regional Director – Atty. Shirley Chatto; to DepEd OIC Schools Division Superintendent – Sir Agustines Cepe; to our DepEd Supervisors; to the teacher coaches; to our campus journalists from the different schools all throughout Region 10; sa tanang Misamisnons, maayong hapon.

We now come to a close. My salute to all the campus journalists and their coaches! I believe your great minds have given our judges a hard time on deciding who really is the best among the bests, but always know that even if not all of you will be awarded as first, the trainings, the meaningful friendships, and the rich experiences that you gained on this conference are already worth the value of true rewards that you will be carrying with you as you progress on your journalism journey.

As we are about to separate ways, let me leave you with this inspiration. Siguro maghuna-huna mo karon that at your age and with the little influence that you have, you can only do very little in being a change agent, but I would like to remind you of one of the finest heroes this country has ever produced – that is Dr. Jose Rizal – who is just like you, a journalist.

Rizal has exemplified that to win a battle, one does not have to carry a sword because a pen, in the hands of a skillful and dedicated journalist, can be equally effective and raging.

According to Winston Churchill: “You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life.” Journalism, when lived up to its highest standards, can be synonymous to standing up for what is right in the midst of oppositions and declining moral culture due to corruption – and this is the kind of journalists that we need.

As you grow in your craft, wear the integrity and dignity of a good journalist who is not only a critic, but is also a brave, proactive partner in promoting solutions, contributory to achieving a good and transparent government. To our teachers, never underestimate the power of every seed of faithful instruction that you implant in your students.

To our DepEd officials, coaches, and student delegates, on behalf of the Provincial Government of Misamis Occidental, it was a great pleasure having you in our province. We hope you enjoyed your stay. Balik-balik ‘nya mo sa Misamis Occidental. God bless and congratulations to all the contestants. Having made it at the regional level is already an achievement. Thank you!

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