Last August 11, 2012, DepEd Secretary Bro. Armin Luistro gave the opening address during the PAREF Annual Meeting attended by the members of the various School Boards and Management Committees of all the PAREF schools in the country. Bro. Luistro departed from his prepared speech and instead spoke from the heart recalling how he understood the PAREF philosophy more when he witnessed how the PAREF parents supported his brother’s family when his sister-in-law got sick and could not send her children who were studying in PAREF schools. The PAREF model of parent involvement in school was a refreshing change from the usual Parent-Teacher Association one sees in schools, as the support went beyond the classroom and truly made a difference in the lives of the family members.
PAREF also donated a substantial sum to DepEd for its Ten Moves project aimed at creating 10,000 classrooms for the public school system.
After the session, the members of the PAREF Southcrest School Board and Management Committee met with the Secretary who informed them that he was contemplating visiting schools in Cebu soon..