The recent Barangay Elections proved to be a timely event before the Education Summit in Guimbal as it brought fresh faces into the forefront of educational reform in this Iloilo municipality. A newly-elected barangay captain vowed to allocate resources from the barangay fund to help address identified problems faced by schools in his territory.
Jesse Robredo’s Governance in Education
Secretary Jesse M. Robredo changed mindset, processes and values in the way public education is delivered. He made the system “bottom-up, transparent and participatory”. He emphasized the importance of measuring performance so that schools and public officials can be accountable to the people. He “Reinvented Local School Boards”, expanded their functions, and broadened their membership. He believed that people should be consulted on how budget should be spent. He exacted efficiency and honesty in public spending. He held school summits shocking parents on the poor learning performance of children. At the same time, he challenged them to work with him in providing them with the best education.
Enabled PMT at the Base of Successful Summit
Active commitment, participation and preparation of the Project Management Team (PMT) served as one the crucial foundations for the success of the recently concluded first Miagao Educational Summit this month. Miagao Mayor Mac Napulan formed the PMT and with Synergeia assistance provided them the necessary training to strengthen the education coalition of Miagao.
Values Formation Stressed in 2nd Padre Garcia Summit
Values formation should be emphasized in schools apart from the quality of knowledge imparted to children. This was stressed by Municipal Mayor Abraham Gutierrez in his address during Padre Garcia’s 2nd Education Summit in Batangas on Oct. 12, 2013. The mayor said several of his programs are already dedicated to this cause citing a campaign to revive the use of “po” and “opo” in addressing elders. He then encouraged everyone to help those in need according to his own capacity. “Ang tutugon po sa mga problema ay hindi lang si Mayor at si Vice Mayor o ang Synergeia, kundi ang buong komunidad,” he reminded.
Miagao Education Summit: The Bright Spot after Super Typhoon
Multi-sectoral leaders and townsfolk of Miagao, Iloilo showed resolve to move forward as they successfully concluded their first Municipal Education Summit on Nov. 15, a week after super typhoon Yolanda hit Iloilo region.
Recharged School Heads Gear Up for Change
Invigorated school heads and principals concluded their first School Governance Workshop entitled ‘Changing the Lives of Children” on Nov. 18-19, armed with simple yet systematic approaches to address major problems involving children’s education.
The Gift of Knowledge
Christmas came very early to the municipalities of San Nicolas and San Manuel in Pangasinan and Itogon in Benguet. Three months before December, the students within the three municipalities already received one of the best gifts anyone could give them.