We were mighty proud and happy when 24 LGUs were given recognition for their outstanding governance in education during last year’s 11th National Education Summit. We were witnesses to their journey to become excellent, dedicated education leaders. Thus, we would not miss the formal conferment of the Seal of Good Education Governance (SGEG) to the 5 winners from Mindanao which was held last April 23, 2018. Our Mindanao winners are Cagayan de Oro City in Misamis Oriental, Bongao and Simunul in Tawi-Tawi, and Upi and Datu Paglas in Maguidanao. Their Local Chief Executives were all present to receive the most coveted award in education, namely, CDO Mayor Oscar Moreno, Bongao Mayor Jimuel Que, Simunul Mayor Nazif Abdurahman, North Upi Mayor Ramon Piang and Datu Paglas Mayor Mohammad Paglas.
Mayor Honey Lumayag-Matti of Polomolok, South Cotabato was among the local chief executives who participated in a Synergeia workshop for Local School Boards (LSBs) on November 8, 2017 in General Santos City. She admitted the LSB workshop was an eye-opener for her. She realized the challenge of providing good education to the 30,000 school children in Polomolok and did not want any child to be left out. She firmly believed that “If we have to invest in human resources, we have to start by providing children with good education. Education is a preparation for a good future.”