Albay fetes teachers, schools for 2015 NAT ranking

The Provincial Government of Albay, led by Governor Joey Sarte Salceda, celebrated its annual night of honor for Albay educators with the Titsers’ Nyt, Gay Palcon Achievement Award Ceremony, yesterday at the Albay Astrodome with the usual fanfare and prestige.

Now on its 9th year, the award ceremony bestows distinction to schools in Albay which ranked the highest mean point scores in the National Achievement Test (NAT), conducted by the Department of Education, by subject areas and on overall mean point scores.

Awardees, numbering around 135 coming from all over the province, received cash awards, plaques and certificates during the formal ceremony.

The 10 top Best Performing Schools to get awards are Legazpi Port ES, Sto. Domingo CS, Ligao West CES in Binatagan (Big Schools, Grade VI), Buga ES, Upper Bonga ES, Hindi ES (Medium Schools, Grade VI), Dapdap ES (Tiwi), Pinagbadilan ES, Busay ES (Small Schools, Grade VI) and San Agustin IS of Libon for Medium Schools, Year IV.

Albay placed 35th this year overall in the NAT, a significant achievement which saw the ranking of the province jump up from as low as 198th before the term of Governor Salceda started.

Re-elected Board Member Richard Benjamin Imperial, the Chairman on Education of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Albay, recalled in his message his first dialogue with Joey Sarte Salceda when he assumed office in 2013, noting that the Governor gave strict conditions on his chairmanship of the Education Committee.

“The Governor told me to never decrease the budget of education, in fact, see to it that it gets bigger, he also asked me to create long term plans for education in Albay where the momentum created will continue to grow,” BM Imperial said.

The Board Member from the Second District of Albay also said that each year, Albay provides a minimum of 30 million pesos to deliver assistance to Albayanos for higher education, noting that the PGA also provides assistance to teachers who wants to further their education, ensuring that the quality of education in Albay progresses.

Outgoing Senior Board Member Glenda Ong Bongao, speaking in behalf of Vice-Governor Harold Ong Imperial, said that the award ceremony is more than just honouring our beloved teachers, but it also represents the years of persistent and dedicated efforts of educators which forms the mold of the future for Albayano youth.

“Tonight, we honor our teachers for all the preparation and hard work that you do each day and each night, and we, the PGA, would like to thank you for bringing dignity to your noble profession worthy of all the praises heaped upon you,” BM Bongao said.

The Titser's Nyt (Gay Falcon Achievement Awards Ceremony) is an institutional program of the Provincial Government of Albay through the Provincial Education Department that was started in 2007 under the conceptualization of Governor Joey Sarte Salceda. (PGA-PIO) RCFernandezIII May 13, 2016

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