Since its founding in 2008, Jose T. Quiboloy National High School has been producing high school graduates beginning the year 2011 up to the present, which is a non-existent thing in Tamayong before. You have empowered the youth here so much by giving them the precious Gift of Education.
Why is this high school so precious to us, Pastor? According to our government’s report in 2015, one in every ten Filipino children and youth is out of school – that is roughly four million of them. The main reason the research says is, one, about 22.9 percent of them entered into the union of marriage at a very young age; and second, 19.2 percent of them came from families with insufficient income.
This is exactly the situation in Barangay Tamayong before you gave us our high school. After grade six, parents make a way for their children to be given in marriage early to get the responsibility of taking care of them off their shoulders. Also, the nearest high school is in Calinan Proper which is 11 kilometers away from Barangay Tamayong. Parents who have less means who comprise the majority in our Barangay have no choice but to give up on their child’s education.
But you have changed everything, Pastor. Now, almost 400 of these youth go to high school every year and even youths from our nearest Barangay. You have opened a whole new door for a better future for all of these youth. As Nelson Mandela once said, “Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world.”
You are making so much change in these young people’s lives. This, among the many things that you do in our community is the reason why we’re forever grateful to you and to our Almighty Father.
Now, youths are educated. They no longer fall for the wrong ideology that feeds on insurgency. As Edward Everett put it, “Education is a better safeguard of liberty than a standing army.”
And you, Pastor, safeguard our liberty more than anyone else, both physically and spiritually. Six of the youths you have sent to school as full-scholars were among the students who joined the moving up ceremony. This year is the school’s 7th Commencement Exercises and 2nd Moving Up Ceremony.
We send our love and heartfelt thanks to you, Pastor, and we’re eternally grateful for giving us the Jose T. Quiboloy Sr. National High School. Your physical father Tata Jose, whom we’ve come to know as a staunch advocate of education must be so proud of you, and much more our Almighty Father in heaven.
From all of us, our Principal Dr. Isidora Cermino, all faculty and all students of JTQNHS, thank you, Pastor!