THE City Government of San Fernando headed by Mayor Edwin Santiago recognized outstanding students during this year’s “Mayor’s Excellence Award for Academics” held March 24 at the Bren Z. Guiao Convention Center.
More than 2,000 Grade 6 and Grade 12 Fernandino students from both public and private schools who graduated with honors, high honors, and highest honors in academic year 2018-2019 received certificates and cash incentives from the local government.
Santiago, together officer-in-charge (OIC) with Schools Division superintendent Dr. Ronnie Mallari and OIC assistant Schools Division superintendent Dr. Shirley Zipagan, graced the ceremony by leading the distribution of certificates to the students and parents.
During his speech, Santiago congratulated the students for their hard work and perseverance towards success.
He also lauded the efforts and unending support of the parents who contribute a lot in the development of their children.
“I always say dream big, think big, and work for it. I want that instilled in children to inspire them to study hard because education is our legacy to them,” he said.
Santiago added that the local government of San Fernando is always willing to support the students in their education, since it is the administration’s top priority.
“Education is number one in the City of San Fernando. This is the number one need of an individual to have a good future. That is why as a public servant, it is my obligation to guide you to the right path through quality education,” Santiago said.
Meanwhile, Carl Lance Gabriel Canlas, outstanding student from Pampanga High School, extended his gratitude to the local government and encouraged everyone to “do better towards a brighter future.”
“To our Mayor Edwin Santiago and everyone in his administration, thank you very much for your untiring support to us,” he said.
The Mayor’s Excellence Award for Academics marks its fourth year this 2019. (PR)