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In Dalaguete, we believe that learners come first. We want our children and young people to enjoy learning, make better progress, and achieve high standards. To do this, we need to establish relationships and work well with key players to ensure that our schools offer quality facilities, and are sufficiently available, so as to offer choices, good access, and better environment in which to learn. This is in keeping with our Constitutional duty of protecting and promoting the right of all citizens to quality education at all levels and making such education accessible to all. Put simply, we want to ensure that our schools are readily available and offer the right number to choose from at the time they are needed.

As part of our strategic vision, we have identified that the solution lies in strengthening School Governance through collaboration among stakeholders. The Municipal Education Board believes the best way to meet this emerging demand is to empower stakeholders through the School Governing Councils (SGCs).

The SGC program of the Municipality, Synergeia, and DepEd, holds a very important part in the whole mechanism for effective education in Dalaguete. A series of trainings and workshops have been provided to our schools through the untiring guidance of the Synergeia Foundation.

Just recently, on August 18, 2016, a monitoring and mentoring workshop was conducted to the 42 elementary schools of the two districts of Dalaguete. This was held at the Dalaguete Sports and Cultural Center to accommodate the more than 300 participants. The Municipal Government shouldered the meals, snacks, venue, sound system, as well as some of the training materials. The Synergeia Foundation on the other hand provided for the more technical aspect of the training; the allowances of facilitators and support staff of the workshop; and the prizes for the games relative to the processing of the experience. This is the partnership setup to ensure that there is shared ownership of the program, and thus, commitment is guaranteed.

Propitiously, the activity was held on the fourth year anniversary of the passing of Sec. Jessie Robredo, one of the pillars of this clamor to empower the grassroots in making education work. The spirit of Sec. Jessie has been very present during the activities. It lived on the stakeholders who actively participated in the topic discussions and workshops.

As master of ceremonies, School Head Carlo Ambrad, called the attention of everyone for the start of the activity. It was right on time. Ms. Winda Fuentes, a school principal, began the activity with a meaningful invocation stressing on God-given talents to serve the school and the children. Mr. Leo Carlo Casinillo, head of Dalaguete Municipal Programs on Education, welcomed the participants on behalf of the mayor. He stressed that education is the responsibility of everyone in the community. With this, he told the participants that the Municipality must ensure that the next generation of Dalaguetnons who will replace them must be better than them, and this can only be achieved through education.

The supervisors proudly called their school-participants. Dalaguete I was done by Dr. Eduardo Lumayag with 20 schools, and Dalaguete II by Ms. Cecilia Cartilla with 22 schools.

Mrs. Vicky Armilla, Synergeia Coordinator for Cebu, gave the state of SGCs in Dalaguete. The data for this report was derived from a survey conducted during the pre-program. Each SGC was given a survey form where they were asked to measure their functional effectiveness as a council. The results revealed that the majority of the SGCs in Dalaguete believe that they are in Level 4. This means that their SGCs have been organized; help schools; raise revenues; and participate in developing the School Improvement Plan (SIP), but feel they are not involved in policy formation.

At this point, Dr. Milwida Guevara took over the flow of the program. She reviewed the participants on what the functions of SGCs are. She asked what differences between SGC and PTA exist, and what the roles of the SGC chairperson and the principal could be identified. The participants answered on the importance of partnerships. One parent said we need to work together to succeed. Another parent said that through SGCs, we must not make important decisions without the consensus of others. A principal said that we must do things together, not as a divided house. To effect these, communication among stakeholders must be developed, according to one teacher.

To put the whole idea into a light analogy, Dr. Guevara asked an SGC member if he planned the number of children they had with his wife. He replied that with the meager income he has, he needs to make careful planning, and of course sharing that planning with his wife. To process this, Dr. Guevara likened the family to SGC; with the meager resources we have, we need to plan things, and when we plan, we do it together.

After Dr. Guevara made sure that everyone is on the same page regarding ideas on SGCs, the 14 facilitators went to their clusters for the First Workshop. They were asked to share information about what they have done in their SGCs; what good news can they share in their school governance; and what challenges have they encountered in their SGCs. The members wrote their answers on metacards and posted them on the wall. The clusters then milled around for a gallery walk to read the responses.

The members of the clusters were then posed with questions on how they see SGCs and how they plan on carrying out their duties as its officers. Afterwards, each cluster prepared for a creative presentation to make it known to others their ideas of SGCs.

Lunch was served to the participants. They were given an hour before the plenary will resume and their outputs for the first activity to be presented.

At 12:30 noon, the host called the participants for the creative showdown. With the short span of time given to them, the participants were able to give a smorgasbord of entertaining, meaningful, and contextualized presentations. Some had a musical extravanza, one had newscasting, rap, poem interpretation, speech choir, role play and dramatization. They varied in presentation style, but they had one content, that is, each one has a role in SGC and if one does his role, education will be effective.

The creative presentation was made into a contest. In the end, the first prize winner (Musicale) won P3,000; second was P2,000 (Poem Dramatic Interpretation); and third (Action Song) was P1,000.

The clusters then went back to their places for the next workshop. The facilitators went with them to write for their future plans for the SGCs.

Many of the SGCs planned to establish strong parent-community-school ties, which closely integrate the network of people focused on enabling each student to learn; another plan is to create a student-centered learning climate that identifies and responds to particular difficulties any child may be encountering; and the last most common plan is to promote a school leadership focused on cultivating a growing cadre of stakeholders (teachers, parents, and community members) who become invested in sharing overall responsibility for the school’s improvement. Creating a collaborative educational environment can build a community of caring individuals who are all working towards one common goal: Increasing the students' positive outcomes. Whether you are collaborating with another educator to team teach, working hand-in-hand with other adults such as the school's administration or parents or are encouraging the students themselves to learn together, collaboration in education can benefit everyone who has a stake in the school setting.

Before the activity drew to a close, the host called up Mr. Leo Carlo Casinillo for the giving of Certificate of Appreciation to Dr. Milwida Guevara. Mr. Casinillo presented the certificate and read the citation which speaks of Dalaguete’s gratefulness to the omnipresent support Dr. Guevara and the Synergeia extends to the schools of Dalagauete.

At about 3:00 o’ clock in the afternoon, Dr. Eduardo M. Lumayag, the District Supervisor of Dalaguete I, gave the closing message to the participants. He is hopeful that what was left of the day’s experience to the officers of Dalaguete SGCs, will grow and become the motivation that would fuel their passion to love their work and be committed to the SGCs. After all, for the SGCs to be sustainable, the desire for betterment of schools should come from within its stakeholders.

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THE WORKSHOP IN PICTURES

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Mr. Leo Carlo Casinillo, Director of the Dalaguete Municipal Programs on Education giving the Welcome Message on behalf of the Municipal Government

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Dr. Milwida Guevara facilitating the revisiting of SGC guidelines.

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The active participants who enjoyed the activity.

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The clustered participants in the workshops. Standing are the facilitators.

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A cluster presenter in their poem interpretation of their SGC

 

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For the support they have extended to Dalaguete, the school board presented a certificate of appreciation to Dr. Milwida Guevara

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THE CONSOLIDATED RESPONSES OF WORKSHOP I: THE MONITORING AND MENTORING OF SGCs

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RESPONSES

FREQUENCY

TOTAL

A. WHAT HAVE WE DONE IN OUR SGCs

1. We have elected our officers.

 

 

IIIII,IIIII

 

10

2. We have drafted and agreed on our Constitution and by-laws.

 

 

 

IIIII,IIIII

 

 

10

3. We have implemented projects.

 

Specific:

a. School Beautification/Clean and Green

b. Enhancement of Kitchen

c. Construction of Comfort Rooms

d. Repainting of Classrooms

e. Repainting of Roof

f. Sound System

g. Rain Water Catchment

h. Covered Court

i. Construction of School Gate

j. Drum and Lyre Corps Uniform

k. Construction of Classrooms

l. Purchase of musical instruments

m. Purchase of volleyball uniforms

n. Repair of utilities (wiring/piping)

o. Water System Projects

p. Repair of laboratories

q. Stage Improvement

r. Classroom Repairs

s. Feeding Program

t. Repair of pupils’ desks

u. Enhancement of Fence

 

 

 

 

 

IIIII

II

 

II

II

II

I

I

II

II

 

I

I

 

I

 

I

 

I

I

I

I

III

II

I

IIII

 

 

 

 

 

5

2

 

2

2

2

1

1

2

2

 

1

1

 

1

 

1

 

1

1

1

1

3

2

1

4

 

4. We have raised revenues.

 

Specific:

a. Parents’ Peso-A-Day

b. Solicitation of Parents

c. Prince and Princess

d. Raffle Tickets

 

 

 

 

II

IIIII

IIII

I

 

 

 

2

5

4

1

B. WHAT ARE OUR GOOD NEWS IN OUR SGCs

1. We have implemented Projects

 

 

II

 

2

2. We are functional in schools.

 

 

IIIII

 

5

3. Constant Communication is present among members.

 

 

I

 

1

4. Officers visit schools regularly.

 

 

II

 

2

5. Members work together.

 

IIII

4

6. SGC monitored students’ performance

 

 

I

 

1

7. The Municipality has an Office for education concerns.

 

 

II

 

2

C. WHAT ARE OUR DIFFICULTIES IN MANAGING THE SGCs?

1. Not all members have time due to work and other concerns.

 

 

 

IIIII, III

 

 

8

 

2. We lack funds.

 

IIIII, I

6

The table above shows the consolidated responses of 10 clustered participants. Majority of Dalaguete’s SGCs have elected officers, made their constitution and by-laws, implemented projects, and raised revenues. The three most common projects are school beatification/clean and green, enhancement of perimeter fence, and classroom repairs. Solicitations and staging of Prince and Princess strategies are the most common fund raisers. They identified that functionality of SGCs and the working together of the members in the councils are the good news they can share to describe themselves in Dalaguete. However, they consider balancing their time for their personal work and their responsibilities in the SGCs as the most challenging aspect in carrying out their functions.

 

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