Senate Majority Leader Alan Peter Cayetano hailed the impressive performance of the team of Filipino elementary and high school students who won 216 medals and bagged the overall champion title in the recently concluded 11th International Mathematics Contest (IMC) in Singapore.
“The students’ titles and recognitions are clear proofs that Filipinos are among the best and the brightest in the region. Today, they were recognized by our Asian neighbors as topnotch student contenders in the field of Mathematics. Tomorrow, they will be recognized by the entire world as excellent leaders and innovators,” the senator said.
However, he reiterated the need to push for better initiatives in the country's education sector, starting with granting more Filipino students free access to quality education.
"We need to harness great minds like these in our country through education so that they could contribute greatly to our society’s development,” he said.
For his part, Cayetano assured the students that he will continue to fight for the right of every young Filipino to acquire proper education, the kind that is easily accessible.
Just recently, the senator paved the way for the passage of the Iskolar ng Bayan Act of 2014, a law which allows the top 10 graduates from public high schools in the country to enroll in the State Universities and Colleges (SUCs) of their choice, free of charge.
The Majority Leader estimated that close to 80,000 public high school students graduating on top of their classes will benefit from the law, now referred to as "Cayetano law."
“We always believed that education is a right that should be accessible to all. Now that the INB is a reality, we are now a step closer to achieving this goal. We vow to initiate more improvements and real changes in the country's education system, so that brilliant and talented minds like our Math champions' will not go to waste,” he said. #