DIRECTOR’S Cut: (This portion features the thoughts of DepED 11 Regional Director Susana Teresa B. Estigoy, CESO IV to all stakeholders and recipients of the efforts to improve the basic education)  I do not consider my job as plain work --- rather it is my LIFE. “We have to continually examine what succeeds and fails, and why. We have to uphold and live true to our battlecry and DepEd Secretary Jesli Lapus’ slogan of governance: “Edukasyon ang Solusyon”

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The big day has come. Today as you are reading this column, around 4,000 delegates composed of officials, advisers and students from the 17 regions of the country are gathered for this year's 69th National Schools Press Conference in Tagum City, Davao del Norte in Region 11.


Below are the messages of the key people who are supporting it.


Our country needs people like you who are in this venue not only to hone your journalistic skills but also to raise awareness and plan out concrete steps to play your pivotal role in nation building. This is also a right gathering for the sharing of valuable information on the latest trends of campus journalism. -- President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo


It is significant that Tagum City is graciously hosting the Conferenceas the latter tackles the Millennium Development Goals. Tagum has embarked on its own journey towards sustainable development and has achieved much in the past few years. Our young campus journalists will find inspiration there. -- Vice President Noli de Castro


Your presence in this event speaks volume about your collective aspirations. I encourage you to continue to adhere to the values of hard work, persistence and determination. I am certain that you will continue to create ripples of change and contribute substantially to nation-building. -  Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile


We in the House of Representatives approved a Pl.541-trillion national budget for 2010, giving focus on poverty alleviation and consistent with government’s thrust to achieve the MDGs. - House Speaker Prospero C. Nograles


It is important to put emphasis on the power of pens to highlight students views and opinions on relevant issues. We have to optimize the power of communication by enlisting young journalists’ active participation in this advocacy. -- DepEd Secretary Jesli A. Lapus


As spelled out in your theme, the herculean task of these challenging situations besetting our country: to find the lost, to feed the hungry, to heal the wounded and to bring peace to our troubled nation lies not only in us your elected public servant but can be done effectively with your help through the power of your mighty pens. -- Congressman Arrel R. Olano


I support the Department of Education in its way of creating a world with a better understanding and knowledge on what poverty is and on what we can do to stop it from haunting humanity. Ultimately, I hope for the success of this year’s NSPC. -- Governor Rodolfo P. del Rosario


Education is one of the top priorities of our government programs. Literacy empowers our youth and helps them build their future. Working closely with the Department of Education meets our objective to mold our future leaders. -- Mayor Rey T. Uy


Being in Region 11 is being in a place that showcases the brighter side of Mindanao, migrants, Muslims and the indigenous peoples all working hand in hand in peaceful harmony towards development, bridging whatever differences there maybe in terms of beliefs, principles or ideologies through a larger aspiration of making Mindanao not only as a the land of promise but also the land of fulfillment. -- Regional Director Susana Teresa B. Estigoy, CESO IV


Hosting this prestigious gathering of the best and the brightest students in our 17 regions is both challenging and fulfilling. Challenging in the sense that we need to meet the expectations of almost 3,000 delegates composed of officials, teacher-advisers and campus journalists and fulfilling because the thought of putting in one venue, the future leaders of our country is already a success in itself. -- Schools Division Superintendent Nenita E. Lumaad


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You can access DepED Updates, latest issuances and other relevant information through our website: For comments, suggestions and/or contributions, email me or visit for photos and other relevant information. For queries, complains and other concerns, call DepED Region 11 at (082) 227-9342 or fax to (082) 227-1102.

Mr. Lorenzo E. Mendoza, M.A. is the Regional Supervisor in Filipino for Secondary, Regional Information Officer, Regional ICT and Library Hub Coordinator.