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 slogan of governance: "Education For All (EFA) 2015: Karapatan ng Lahat, Pananagutan ng Lahat"

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Just like what President Benigno Simeon "Noynoy" Aquino III had announced during his inaugural speech that the Filipino people are his bosses, newly appointed DepEd Secretary Bro. Armin Luistro, FSC also said the child is the real boss of DepEd.

After he formally assumed office on July 1 following a simple turnover ceremony he disclosed that the Aquino administration wants to address all issues and shortages in education in two years and issued a marching order to him "to come up with one program in education."

Bro. Luistro said he wanted to maintain a status quo at DepEd until he finally gets familiarized with the situation and true condition of the basic education sector of the country.

On the controversial issue on DepEd's sex education program, he issued this statement: "We have different definitions of sex education. I think the question that should be asked is not if you are in favor or not, rather what kind of education should be given."

Bro. Luistro informed those who attended the turnover ceremony that he needed two weeks to study all records and data before coming up with his own program of administration and would submit to Malacañang his findings and recommendations to be included in Pres. Aquino's first state of the nation address when the Congress opens.

The following is a brief information about the new DepEd Chief: Brother Armin Altamirano Luistro FSC is a Filipino Lasallian Brother. He served as the President and Chancellor of De La Salle University and President and CEO of De La Salle Philippines prior to his appointment to the education portfolio.

Luistro was born on December 24, 1961 to Jose Dimayuga and Magdalena Aranda Altamirano in Lipa City, Batangas. From 1966-1967, he studied at the Our Lady of the Rosary Academy, while from 1967 to 1971, he studied at the Canossa Academy, all in Lipa City. He finished his grade school at De La Salle Lipa in 1973, where he also studied high school and graduated in 1977.

In 1977, he entered De La Salle University-Manila on a De La Salle college scholarship grant and graduated in 1981 with a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and Letters. From 1981 to 1985, he studied at the Ateneo de Manila University, earning master's degree units in Religious Education and from 1991 to 1993, he studied in the Master of Arts in Religious Education program of De La Salle University-Manila where he earned his MA degree.

In 1997, Luistro was named Brother Visitor (Brother Provincial) of the De La Salle Brothers in the Philippines, a position he held until 2003. In 2000, Luistro, together with the Bishop of Manado, Indonesia, Josef Suwatan founded Universitas Katolik De La Salle, also known as De La Salle Manado. In 2004, he was appointed by the De La Salle Board of Trustees as President of the De La Salle University System and was such until the establishment of De La Salle Philippines, Inc., of which he is now the President and Chief Executive Officer.

In July 2005, Bro. Armin joined the United Opposition in calling for the resignation of the President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. He is also a prominent figure in the activities of the Black and White Movement, a group advocating the resignation, impeachment, or ouster of President Arroyo. In June 24, 2010, Luistro accepted the post of education secretary for the cabinet of then incoming President Benigno Aquino III. (Taken from Wiki Pilipinas, the Free Encyclopedia)

To Bro. Armin, accept our gesture of full cooperation and collaboration in your programs as we also await for the fulfillment of your and our genuine concern to the real boss of DepEd -- the child.

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