Statement of His Excellency, Jose P. Laurel, President of the Republic of the Philippines, on the occasion of the induction into office of Dr. Camilo Osias as Minister of State for Education, Manila, May 18, 1944.

One of our national problems is proper educational orientation. I have endeavored to achieve what I consider are the fundamental objectives of education in the Philippines and have formulated the educational policies of the government. The pressure of official duties no longer permit me to attend to administrative actions and details in the field. As the educational program of our Government is necessarily linked with the activities of the Kalibapi, I have taken away certain activities from the Kalibapi and transferred them to the Ministry of Education. The selection of Doctor Osias is doubly fortunate; first, because he is until today the Director General of the Kalibapi, and second, because he is one of our foremost educators qualified by learning and experience and devotion to his country to be at the head of this important Ministry.

Source: Office of the Solicitor General Library