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Luistro, Escudero lead inauguration of Sorsogon National High School

Department of Education (DepEd) Secretary Armin Luistro, together with Senator Francis Joseph Escudero, Congresswoman Evelina Escudero of the First Congressional District of Sorsogon, and DepEd Bicol Regional Director Ramon Fiel Abcede, graced the blessing and inauguration last week of the newly restored Sorsogon National High School (SNHS).

The newly-renovated Sorsogon National High School
Photo by Tess Limena de Ramon

The newly-renovated Sorsogon National High School
Photo by Tess Limena de Ramon
 The school building was razed by a Valentine's Day fire last year.

Like a phoenix rising from the ashes, the SNHS is once again standing tall and proud as one of the iconic landmarks and a center for academic excellence in the province of Sorsogon.

In his inaugural message, Luistro lauded former Agriculture Secretary and Congressman Salvador “Tatay Sonny” H. Escudero III, an alumnus of the institution who graduated in the year 1957, for championing the causes of the education sector.

“It is my great joy and pleasure to remember a good man, a defender of DepEd,” Luistro told the audience that converged at the main lobby of SNHS where the inaugural program was held.

“Tatay helped me in my early years with DepEd,” Luistro confided as he dedicated the inauguration of the edifice to the late Escudero.

“I thank Tatay Sonny for authoring K to 12 law,” Luistro revealed.

The late legislator authored House Bill 4219 during the 15th Congress that sought for the enhancement of the DepEd curriculum and increase the number of years for basic education that paved the way for the passage of Republic Act No. 10533, otherwise known as Enhanced Basic Education Act of 2013 or popularly known as the K to 12 law.

Luistro also pushed for the public support to the Senior High School (SHS) program that will be implemented next school year.

“We are on the last leg of the educational reforms envisioned by the education sector,” Luistro said.

Meanwhile, Senator Escudero challenged the students, teachers, and administrators of SNHS to regain the past glory of the institution as the premier secondary school in the province.

“I challenge you to aim beyond the stars (malampasan pa ninyo ang mga tala),” Escudero told them.

The senator also put to rest the issue on renaming SNHS in honor of his late father.

Deped Sec. Armin Luistro and Cong. Evelina Escudero at the inauguration of the new Sorsogon National High School building
Photo by Tess Limena de Ramon
“Tatay’s life and his role in Sorsogon’s development are more meaningful than etching his name on buildings, roads, or bridges,” the senator said.

He also revealed that more structures will be erected at SNHS with an additional building at the back of the restored main building to house a computer laboratory and additional six classrooms.

More classrooms will be added at the adjacent SNHS annex with interconnecting structures to link all second floors of all buildings located at the said location, Escudero said.

Meanwhile, Congresswoman Escudero reminded the students and staff of the school to maintain the cleanliness of the structure and secure it from hazards, particularly fire, so that the next generation and its future students will also enjoy its amenities.

Secretary Luistro considers the structure as the most beautiful secondary school building in the entire country by far.

Abcede presented the history of the building which was constructed in the early 1900s under the American rule.

The school was transformed by the invading Japanese forces as their military headquarters during the Second World War.

Some local historians claim that the building was first burned down by the retreating Japanese invaders in 1944.

Reconstruction work was first initiated by the late Senator Teodoro De Vera and was completed on Oct. 12, 1953 under the administration of Gov. Salvador “Gurang” Escudero Sr., the grandfather of the late Congressman Sonny Escudero III. (PNA)

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