Technological Institute of the Philippines

T.I.P. hosts the President Elpidio Quirino Foundation’s Usapang EQ

The Technological Institute of the Philippines (T.I.P.) hosted the President Elpidio Quirino Foundation’s (PEQF) Usapang EQ: Guro to Pangulo School Tours at the T.I.P. Anniversary Hall, QC Campus on September 29, Tuesday.

Attended by T.I.P. officials, Quirino scholars, and students, and PEQF President, Atty. Aleli Angela Quirino, together with the foundation’s trustee and granddaughter of the late President Elpidio Quirino, Ruby Quirino Gonzalez, and comic creator and publisher, Jamie Bautista, the school tour is part of PEQF’s series of programs held to commemorate the late President Elpidio Quirino’s life and contributions to the country in celebration of his 125th birth anniversary.

Unknown to many, President Quirino worked as a barrio school teacher in Caoayan, Ilocos Sur in order to support his own studies. He was an educator before he became a politician. Even when he became president of the Philippines, he continued to believe in the importance of education in the welfare of the nation’s people.

During his term as the 6th Philippine president, Republic Act No. 312 of 1948 (Public School Salary Act) – the standardization of teachers’ salaries based on occupational assignments and educational qualifications – was passed. Also in his first year as president, 9,000 additional classes were opened allowing every child to attend school, the first in the history of civil administration at that time. His commitment to education resulted to the Philippines ranking second to the United States in the ratio of school enrolment to total population in 1953.

This passion for education is exemplified by another Quirino, Engr. Demetrio Quirino Jr., who established the Technological Institute of the Philippines with the mission to provide quality technological education that is within reach of the common Filipino. Today, T.I.P. remains true to its mission and keeps the founder’s legacy alive under the current leadership of his daughter, Dr. Elizabeth Quirino-Lahoz.

The T.I.P. Quirino scholars with (Front row, from left) Ruby Quirino Gonzalez, Dr. Elizabeth Quirino-Lahoz, Dr. Teresita U. Quirino, Atty. Aleli Angela Quirino, Angelo Q. Lahoz, and Dr. Antonio Quirino

By collaborating with the PEQF, T.I.P. not only helps promote and remember the late President Elpidio Quirino as a teacher who became president but also strengthens and uplifts the value of education in nation-building.

For more information on the President Elpidio Quirino Foundation and its upcoming activities, visit the foundation’s official website: http://www.elpidioquirino.org and its social media sites.