Librarians have found a friend and ally in the person of Vice President and Education Secretary Sara Duterte.
“Our librarians in the Philippines will always have a friend in the Office of the Vice President because I believe in your contribution to our education, not just to our learners but even to our adults. Lahat ng residents at lahat ng ating mga kababayan, they deserve libraries everywhere they go and every place they visit,” Duterte said during the Annual National Congress 2022 Philippine Librarians Association, Inc. (PLAI) at the Iloilo Convention Center in Iloilo City.
In a statement, Duterte lauded Filipino librarians for their hard work.
She also acknowledged the role of librarians in shaping the mind of learners and allowing them to make informed choices and right decisions.
She added that many people learned to love reading because there are librarians who understood specific information needed and enabling the students to be well informed, and in the end, allowing them to make informed choices and right decisions.
“We do not want our society’s enemies to win over decent, honest, hard-working citizens — our learners, our children. We cannot let them take away our country’s hope and bright future,” it said.
She also did not miss to mention the Davao City Library and Information Center (DCLIC), which was established when she was still mayor of Davao City.
The DCLIC bagged three national and one international Best Library awards.
“We hope that one day, kapag napadaan po kayo sa Davao City o sa mga kapitbahay na mga lugar namin sa Mindanao, ay bumisita po kayo sa Davao City Library para po kapag manalo tayo in international awards ay magiging proud po tayo as Filipinos that this library in Mindanao, in Davao City, won an international award because it deserves the award,” it said.