VP Sara Duterte busy in Cebu visit
CEBU CITY, Philippines — Vice President Sara Duterte has been quite busy during her Cebu visit in the last week of August 2023.
On Sunday, August 27, the day of the Pasigarbo sa Sugbo 2023 in Carcar City, Duterte was among the top national and local officials who led the inauguration of the second Tourist Rest Area (TRA) in Cebu.
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According to Sugbo News, the Capitol’s media arm, along with Duterte, the inauguration of the second TRA was attended by Governor Gwendolyn Garcia, her daughter and the secretary of the Department of Tourism, Christina Garcia Frasco, First Lady Liza Araneta Marcos, and Senators Bong Revilla and Lito Lapid among others.
The first TRA was inaugurated last July 10 in Medellin town in northern Cebu.
On Monday, August 28, Duterte visited Lapu-Lapu City, where she led the celebration of the National Heroes’ Day at the Liberty Shrine in Mactan, Lapu-Lapu City.
She offered flowers to the monument of Lapulapu, and recognized the contributions of the country’s heroes in her speech.
Last mile schools
The next day, Duterte, who is also the secretary of the Department of Education (DepEd), visited two last mile schools in far flung areas in Cebu on Tuesday, August 29, the opening of classes for the school year 2023-2024.
She first visited the Kaluangan 1 Primary School in Kaluangan, Asturias, Cebu and next to Melecio B. Tito Elementary School in Danao City.
Duterte led the turnover ceremony of a four-classroom building in the said schools.
She also turned over Philippine flags to the schools’ heads.
“Ang ating pagbisita sa dalawang paaralan ay nagging oportunidad din upang makausap natin ng personal ang mga learners at school personnel. Bilang kalihim ng Education Secretary, isinusulong natin ang mga reporma sa edukasyon sa ilalim ng MATATAG Agenda,” Duterte wrote in her Facebook post.
The two last mile schools she visited were located in the geographically isolated and disadvantaged and conflict-affected areas (GIDCA).
The Last Mile Schools is a program developed by DepEd.
It “aims to address the gaps in resources and facilities of schools that are in GIDCA.”
According to DepEd, there are 73 sites that have been completed as of February 2023. 152 sites are still ongoing construction, while the remaining sites “are still pending, under procurement, and reverted sites.”
Some of which are located in the Cordillera Administrative Region, Siargao Island, among others.
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