Mr. Washington SyCip convened a group of business leaders to discuss how to provide quality education to children in ARMM. The group was highly enthused with the results of the education programs that were initiated with 11 Synergeia Mayors in ARMM. The programs increased completion rate from 30 percent to 40 percent, improved performance in the NAT achievement tests from 30 percent to 50 percent, and reduced the dropout rate from 23 percent to 18 percent. The business leaders expressed their willingness to “embrace” additional municipalities so that children can have better education.
Ms. Ma Fe Perez Agudo, President and CEO of Hyundai, Mr. Donnie Tantoco, President, Rustan’s Superstores, and Ms. Liza Gokongwei, President Summit Media, expressed their commitment to help scale up the ARMM initiative.
Mr. Ramon del Rosario, Chairman of the Makati Business Club offered to organize another meeting with business leaders to drum up more support for quality education in ARMM.