In fitting fashion, Bohol rings in the year right in the limelight through Jose Rizal Model Student of the Philippines Kenneth Regene Blasco.
Blasco, a graduating BSEd Math student of Mater Dei College in Tubigon along with Dean of the College of Education Maria Nymfa Reserva met with Gov. Edgar Chatto on Thursday at the People’s Mansion.
One of ten awardees in the entire country, Blasco relates he was chosen from among one thousand nominees narrowed down to twenty and finally to ten who were evaluated and rated based on academic excellence, student leadership in the school and in the community and in the regional, national and global arena.
The Jose Rizal Model Student search, begun in 1988, honors the best of the Filipino youth who epitomize Rizal’s qualities of academic excellence and leadership in campus and community activities. It also credits the virtues of love of country and people, serving as living models to young Filipinos.
The awarding rites was held at the Knights of Rizal Headquarters in Manila on the occasion of the 100th founding anniversary of the Order of the Knights of Rizal and the 115th death anniversary of the National Hero in whose honor the fraternal organization was named.
Gov. Chatto congratulated Blasco on bringing pride and honor to the province, serving as a role model for the Boholano youth, and the Filipino youth as a whole.
In his message during the province’s commemorative program on Rizal Day, Chatto himself highlighted successes in the provision of quality education for the Boholanos.
One of the present administration’s banner programs, the area of education saw for 2011 the implementation of the Dynamic Learning Program (DLP) in all public secondary schools, a pilot in the country. The DLP seeks to raise the quality of education through the learning by doing approach, an innovation of 2010 Ramon Magsaysay awardees and scientists/physicists Drs. Christopher and Ma. Victoria Bernido.
A total of 21 two-classroom buildings were built under the Long Term Partnership for Education Program of the Provincial Government and the Armed Forces of the Philippines National Development Support Command (AFP-NADESCOM).
The program has not only earned recognition for the province as best stakeholder in the Gawad Bayanihan Award from the AFP, but has also gained for the 53rd Engineering Support Battalion the title as most outstanding battalion from CENTCOM.
In addition, it has brought DepEd Bohol the distinction as best implementer of the school building program in the entire country.
These partnerships Chatto hopes to sustain and expand as he revealed 2012 priorities in the same program.
Chatto also shared to Blasco Top Forester Examinee Lebert Omac of Bohol Island State University. Omac, bested all other graduates of top forestry schools such as the University of the Philippines Los Banos at the July 2011 National Forester Licensure Examination, and now works with Sec. Ramon Paje of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).
On different occasions, the governor has encouraged students to excel in school as this opens opportunities for better lives in the future.