From the 30th to the 31st of May 2017, principals, parents and barangay leaders from the city of Valenzuela gathered at the Waterfront Hotel for a two-day seminar on education entitled “We Can Work It Out: Making our SGCs Work”. The seminar’s primary goal was to further develop School Governing Council (SGC) structures throughout the city, specifically as a more inclusive organization compared to PTAs.—the idea being that an integration of community members such as local business owners into a school’s administrative body could help address deficits in manpower and budget.
For Rosario, a first-class municipality in the province of Batangas, it has been quite a long journey coming to its first Barangay Education Summit that will be held in each of the 48 barangays across the town starting this June 2017 up to February 2018.
Last May 4 to 5, 2017, Synergeia facilitated a workshop on “Making the SGC Work” for some 97 participants representing the barangays, Parents-Teachers Associations (PTAs), and teachers and principals of public elementary schools of Bongabong, Oriental Mindoro. This workshop was made more significant because of the full support and presence of local government officials led by the Mayor of Bongabong, Mayor Eligio Malaluan. Governor Alfonso Umali and Congressman Reynaldo Umali also came to give their assurances of support to our basic education movers from Bongabong.