A Man of Faith, A Man for All Seasons


“I came with a courageous heart.” Thus, were the words of the newly-installed Director IV of the Department of Education Region III, Dr. Mario L. Ramirez during the turnover ceremony when he formally took the helm from the former Director Dr. Dinah F. Mindo.

A man of faith, Dr. Ramirez had his parents for his models early in life. He imbibed values of discipline, honesty, education, love of country and God from his father who was a veteran of World War II and a survivor of the infamous Death March and his mother, an Ilocana housewife.

A product of the public and private school system, he attended the Philippine Normal College (PNC), Manila for his BSEED course and his postgraduate studies on a MEC-PNC scholarship grant specializing in non-formal education. He took his Master in Education (MAED) from the Isabela Colleges and Doctor of Education units from Northeastern College.

Ranking Number 1 in a division-wide competitive examination for teachers, he got into government service and was assigned to teach in a far-flung barangay in his hometown. This did not deter him from getting involved in academic and non-academic activities as he was invited to attend conferences and training workshops in his region and around the country. Recognizing his talent and potential, his supervisors and principals made him a division-wide demonstration teacher.

Dr. Ramirez inched his way to the top by serving the Department in various capacities such as a teacher, head teacher, principal, district supervisor, Assistant Schools Division Superintendent in Quirino and a full-fledged Schools Division Superintendent in Batanes, Cagayan , Assistant Regional Director in Region II and Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR). Finally, hewas appointed a full-fledged Regional Director in his home region and is presently assigned to Region III.

He has held important positions in government and non-government organizations for his peers and superiors voted him President of Isabela Teachers Association, Board of Director of the Philippine Public School Teachers Association Association (PPSTA), President of Philippine Association of Schools Superintendents (PASS), Region II, Philippine School Teachers Association (PSTA) and a 4th degree member of the Knights of Columbus.

His attendance in international conferences and intensive trainings for educators such as those held in Singapore, Malaysia, Brunei, Paris, Australia and Thailand further honed his skills in education both as a manager and a teacher-leader. Together with a group of school officials he went to observe the decentralization process in Paris, other cities of France and the School-Based Management experience in Australia and Thailand which the education sector is currently implementing.

The simple man with a passion for service and his wife, Mrs. Rosalina B. Ramirez, a Master Teacher II are blessed with three children who are achievers in their own fields of endeavor. Ronald, the eldest is a BS Geology graduate from U.P. Rachel, a BS Food and Technology graduate who completed a Teacher Certificate Course from UP, teaches at the UP Integrated School and Rhodora, a Medical Doctor from the Far Eastern University. These children are married to equally talented partners.

Dr. Ramirez’s determination, hard work and perseverance and an abiding faith in God have been proven as he was able to surmount the trials and challenges of his present position. This will be his legacy to his three young grandchildren Dale Ryan, Dana Rae and Aien Sofia as they face life’s realities.


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