ANGELES CITY—The new head of the Department of Education (DepEd) schools division here has lauded the Order of the Knights of Rizal (Okor) for instilling patriotism among students at public schools in this city.
In his speech, Education Division of Angeles City Head Dr. Nicolas Capulong said the Okor are helping the government promote patriotism among students and young people by putting busts of national hero Jose Rizal in public high schools and elementary campuses here.
He joined Okor officials and members led by KGOR Supreme Exchequer Reynaldo “Rey” Malig and KCR Central Luzon Commander Fr. Andronico “Sonny” Pahed during the recent unveiling of the 11th Rizal bust at the Pulungbulo Elementary School here.
Capulong started his speech by asking the Okor to put a Rizal bust at the DepEd main office in this city, eliciting applause from the students and Okor members. Malig said they will put Rizal’s bust at all public schools in the highly urbanized city before doing the same project at other schools in Pampanga.
Capulong said the students “should follow the ways of Rizal” to help build a better nation.
He said the execution of Rizal on December 30, 1896 at Bagumbayan, Manila is “just the end-part” of his heroism and “we should learn more from him, especially when he was a student.”
Capulong said Rizal adhered to hard work and instilled discipline and “these virtues” should be emulated by the students.
Pahed and Malig also led a feeding program shortly after the unveiling of the bust at the school where there are close to 900 students. The Okor, whose members are from the Philippines and other nations, is led by its supreme commander, Jeremias “Jerry” Singson, former vice governor of Ilocos Sur.