OLDEST GRADUATE RECEIVES HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA
A month before she turned 65, Wenifrida Bonete received her high school diploma under the Alternative Learning System (ALS) of the Department of Education (DEPED).
“Sa edad kong ito, may puwang pa pala ako sa pag-aaral (At this age, I never thought I still have a chance at school),” Bonete said in her speech during the ALS graduation held on 14 May 2012 at San Lorenzo, Tabaco City.
After years of hardwork to send her siblings to school, Bonete, a second year high school dropout, has finally put herself first before anyone else.
Once a week, Bonete or Nanay Weni to those close to her, a resident of Barangay Agñas San Miguel, leaves her household and attends school for three hours.
Ten months later, on 13 November 2011, she passed the Accreditation and Equivalency (A&E) Test given by the Bureau of Alternative Learning System of the DEPED with flying colors.
Present during the ALS Graduation are the rest of the forty-one secondary level passers and the twelve elementary level passers.
Mayor Krisel Lagman-Luistro witnessed the event with the respective barangay captains of the graduates, their instructional managers, mobile teachers and division heads.
“Wenifrida Bonete has personified the dreams of the many,” said City Mayor Lagman-Luistro, who was so inspired by the determination shown by Bonete.
During her term Mayor Luistro, an advocate at improving basic education, has reduced the percentage of children ages 6 to 12 who are not in elementary school by 16.3 percent and secondary school by 20.5 percent.
The City Government of Tabaco is recently declared winner in the regional search for the Outstanding Local Government Unit Award and will vie for the 2012 National Literacy Award to be held on 17-21 September 2012.