/ 24 November 2022

VICE President and Education Secretary Sara Duterte-Carpio lauded Filipino librarians for their hard work and contribution to education.

“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-Carpio said during the Annual National Congress 2022 Philippine Librarians Association, Inc. at the Iloilo Convention Center in Iloilo City.

She acknowledged the role of librarians in shaping the mind of learners and allowing them to make informed choices and right decisions.

The Vice President added that many people learned to love reading because there are librarians who “understood our specific information needs and ushered us into finding the books that we needed.”

“This experience complements the lessons they get from their basic education, enabling them to be well informed, and in the end, allowing them to make informed choices and right decisions,” Duterte-Carpio said.

The Vice President also lauded Iloilo City’s public library and the city itself for being one of the top performing and most awarded cities in the Philippines.

Duterte-Carpio also praised the launch of mobile libraries from different organizations and local government units such as the Lakbay Alalay in Tarlac, the Library Van Caravan in Ilocos Norte, and the mobile libraries of Davao City, Isabela City in Basilan, and Lanao del Norte.

“May our librarians be up to the task of supplementing school-based interventions by getting out of their comfort zones to help a new generation of Filipinos learn to love reading,” she said.