Mr. Wash SyCip should have been 99 years old on June 30 this year. He did not live to be 100 perhaps because he had already achieved his mission in life. Through his example, he taught us that greatness lies in helping others, particularly the poor, so they can overcome the shackles that bind them to poverty. He dedicated his life in helping children complete, at the very least, basic education. He always asked the question of how we can give them the best opportunities that are equal to, if not more than what he experienced when he was a student in Burgos Elementary School.
As early as March 2019, Mayors of Northern Luzon were already talking about ways to sustain the education reforms they have started. They do not want to let their efforts fade away. And so, on October 11, 2019 or after just seven months, they gathered together in Baguio City to formally launch the North Luzon Regional Education Council with lead convenor, Former Mayor and Synergeia Mayor, Mary Jane Ortega. They agreed that their REC will be their vehicle to sustain and scale up education governance reforms. They will provide leadership to LGUs in the region and come up with programs that will provide capacity building, sharing of lessons and best practices. Overall, through their REC, they want to promote a brotherhood of Education LCEs in Northern Luzon.