San Gabriel teachers travelled all the way to Bacnotan for their Remedial Reading Workshop because their town did not have a hall big enough to accommodate all the teacher-participants. The long travel through hilly roads nor the lack of local venue did not dampen their spirits. They have imbibed San Gabriel Mayor Hermenegildo Velasco’s passion for education. Mayor Velasco said that even if San Gabriel is just a 4th class municipality and a small town in La Union, he would not let these hamper their goal to improve the education of children in their town. They cannot stay 4th class forever, and education is the key to their development.
Mayor Flora Villarosa of Siaya, Zamboanga del Norte believes that education is the only way out of poverty for her town. She worked with stakeholders in the community to put together several building blocks of what seems like a grand education plan that is now reaping benefits for children and communities in Siayan.