Anything goes in a Synergeia training program. A male principal said he danced for the first time, and holding the hands of a female participant at that! Much to our surprise, a female principal threw her brassiere to save her group from losing the" bring me" contest. A male principal professed his love for Synergeia after I told them that it is love which drives us in our work. Was it the song “Obladi Oblada by the Beatles? Was it the unconventional way with which we opened the program? (We opted for a game instead of the traditional opening ceremonies) Or is it the freedom in expressing one's thoughts during the discussion?
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.
HAZARDS AND JOY FROM THE TRADE
Without any warning signs, the rain fell in torrents. My thoughts went up in prayers. "Dear God, please bring the plane from Cebu safely to Del Carmen.” This is one of the hazards of the trade. Our hearts keep uppity- uppity- hop because one is never certain about travelling as scheduled. The airport here is so small and without sophisticated navigation equipment. Mayor Coro used to say that the airport manager is used to going out of the airport, put his hand over his forehead to see if the plane is landing.
Making a Difference in Teachers’ Lives
Thirty-five second grade teachers of Tagoloan gave up two vacation days to attend the training to enhance their competencies in teaching reading.
Through Sickness and In Health
Two whole day trainings were conducted last Mar. 2 and Mar. 12, 2013 for the kindergarten and grades 1 and 2 teachers of Bagong Tanyag Elementary School – Main, Annex A and Annex B.]
MS. JOSEFINA DEL GALLEGO SHARES HER BIRTHDAY WITH PUBLIC SCHOOL CHILDREN
Ms Del Gallegos invited her friends to celebrate her birthday on March 19. But in lieu of gifts, she requested her friends to donate to Synergeia so that they can help more children from public schools. Mr. Washington SyCip introduced Synergeia to her friends and Ms. Del Gallegos introduced Synergeia to her friends.
SYNERGEIA TRUSTEE RECEIVES THE GALING POOK AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN GOVERNANCE
Mayor Sherwin Gatchalian’s 3S program in Valenzuela City was chosen as one of the Ten Most Outstanding Programs in Local Governance. Three S stands for “Simple, Speedy and Public Service program”. The 3S program aims to: 1) minimize graft and corruption to a zero level; 2) change the employer-employee culture in the city government; 3) simplify and streamline processes in transacting business with the city government; and, 4) engagement of the public in providing oversight on governance.