The Resurgence of the Province of Iloilo in the Devolution of Education to LGUs (Part 5- The Drivers of Change and their Commitment)

5 February 2024

Change comes more from managing the journey than announcing the destination” – William Bridges

The success of the Proof of Concept (POC) initiative, which tests the capacity of the Province of Iloilo to take leadership in the implementation of basic education, rests on the drivers of change, principally the local chieftains of the province and the officials of DepEd and DILG.

Execution is critical and necessary for results-based change management. It requires a serious degree of commitment and action from the drivers of change to derive the desired value from this devolution innovation exercise.

In the planning and organizational meeting for the POC, the drivers of change, in an eventful signing of the Pledge of Commitment, accepted responsibility and leadership for this mission to raise the quality of learning and reading for the children of their province.

The drivers of change who signed included:

1       Governor Arthur Defensor Jr., Iloilo

2       Mayor Oscar Villegas Jr,  Lemery

3       Mayor Jon Aying,  Sara

4       Mayor Lydia  Grabato ,  Mina

5       Board Member  Jason Gonzales,  Panay  REC  Chairman

6       Director Juan Ingeniero-  DILG Regional Director,  Reg 6

7       Asst Regional Director Victor De Gracia,  DepEd  Region VI

8       Mayor Jerry Treñas-  Iloilo City

9       Mayor Nielo  Tupas – Barotac Viejo

10     Mayor Elvira Alarcon – Batad

11     Mayor Elizalde Pueyo –  Cabatuan

12     Mayor Janette Colada – Guimbal

13     Mayor Vicente Escorpion Jr –  Igbaras

14     Mayor Francis Amboy –  Maasin

15     Mayor Vicente Jaen – Leganes

16     Dr. Ernesto Servillon Jr –  Schools Division Superintendent of Iloilo Province

17     Dr. Ma Luz De Los Reyes –  Schools Division Superintendent of Iloilo City

The Pledge of Commitment states that:

 “We, the Governor and Mayors of Iloilo Province and the Mayor of Iloilo City, along with our partners from the Department of Education and the Department of Interior and Local Government, share the wisdom and urgent mission of helping every child to learn well.

We believe that Local Government Units, and their Local School Boards, in partnership with the schools and their communities can introduce positive changes to strengthen the delivery of quality education.

We accept the responsibility of participating in a Program that can demonstrate how the delivery of basic education can be efficiently devolved to local government.

We commit to provide leadership and dedicate resources to accomplish the following activities:

  1. Strengthening the leadership and  effectiveness of Local School Boards;
  2. Building the capacity of teachers in developing reading competencies of male and female children;
  3. Providing opportunities for parents and guardians to be Nanay-Tatay-Teachers;
  4. Organizing communities to gain support for the program;
  5. Developing Public-Private Partnerships so that children can learn better;
  6. Developing learning materials that reflect the stories, history, values, and traditions of the Iloilo   people; and
  7. Supporting inclusive activities that will enhance the creativity and developmental values of our children.
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