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On the PNU Controversy July 26, 2006

Posted by s511 in education, Speeches.

Mr. Speaker, colleagues, mga kababayan, magandang hapon sa inyong lahat.

I rise today on the matter concerning the controversy hounding the Philippine Normal University. On June 24, the Board of Regents of PNU selected Atty. Lutgardo B. Barbo as the new university president. His selection has been hounded by issues concerning the BOR’s alleged utter disregard for its own criteria upon which it was supposed to select the best person to manage our country’s premier teacher training institution, the supplier of the quality teachers our educational system sorely needs.

Being a former teacher myself, this is a concern very close to my heart. I am sure there are those of us here whose mothers, fathers, grandparents were graduates of this University, the country’s center of excellence in teacher education. In fact, when we founded the Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT), I was the first chairperson and we had
Faculty members of the PNU (then PNC) as founding members of ACT.