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.
The Ramon Aboitiz Foundation (RAFI) launched Project EQUIP in Cebu City on May 23, 2012. Local School Boards will be energized to lead the processes of improving learning performance in Carcar, Liloan, and Asturias.
The composition of the LSB in Navotas City is truly multi-sectoral. There are representatives from the business sector, private schools, faculty club presidents, and civil society organizations. Meetings provide a venue for principals to air their concerns which are speedily addressed by Mayor John Rey Tiangco. The meeting on May 11, 2012 tackled three priorities: Brigada Eskwela, readiness for implementing K-12, and planning for the parents’ training program.