SEAMEO forum cites ZC’s education best practices PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 18 June 2012 14:05

Zamboanga City’s best practices in education was a highlight in a focus group discussion on the assessment of the attainment of Philippine Education for All (EFA) 2015 goals organized by the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization Regional Center for Educational Innovation and Technology (SEAMEO-INNOTECH) Friday.

The day-long event, held at the Marcian Business Hotel, was attended by representatives from the local government units and DEPED division offices from Tigbao, Zamboanga del Sur; Zamboanga Sibugay; Maguindanao, Basilan, Lamitan City and Sulu.

SEAMEO-INNOTECH Center Director Ramon Bacani, personally invited Mayor Lobregat to present the recognized education or literacy best practices of the city and to serve as a model in the implementation of education programs in other areas.

Mayor Lobregat and Councilor Rudy Lim, Council chairman on the committee on education made the power point presentation on the city’s massive and sustained investment in education as well as answered questions fielded by the participants during the forum.

Foremost in the presentation, was the city’s massive school building program and other education-related projects that amount to P940 million from 2007 to May 30, 2012.  The amount does not include the funds used for the hiring of teachers through the Local School Board, the grant of allowances to teachers, the 10-Rs initiative where dilapidated and unserviceable chairs and desks were converted and transformed into usable facilities, the operation of day care centers, the production of the El Primer Alfabeto Chabacano handbook distributed to selected elementary schools and day care centers, literacy and skills trainings for adults and out of school youths and numerous others.

Participants to the focus group discussion on EFA goals expressed admiration to the enormous projects being poured in to different public elementary and secondary schools in the city by the local government.

They said the city’s all out support and assistance to the education sector is a huge relief as the Department of Education cannot fully provide for the needs of the schools not only in the region but in the entire country due to funding issues.

Mayor Lobregat stressed that the city government gives high priority to education as this is part of his administration’s social contract with the people of Zamboanga as embodied in the 17-point agenda and is one of the top priorities in the City Development Strategy.

The city’s investment in education includes the construction, repair of school buildings, fences, comfort rooms, stages, covered courts and other education-related projects in public schools—all intended to ensure a better future for the city’s youth.

Meanwhile, the DepEdthrough SEAMEO-INNOTECH is currently conducting an assessment of the EFA 2015 goals in order to propose a catch-up plan that will produce the desired results on the ground.

The EFA goals include the universal coverage of out of school youths and adults in the provision of basic learning needs; universal school participation and elimination of dropout and repetition in the first 3 grades; universal completion of the full cycle of basic education schooling with satisfactory achievement levels by all at every grade and total community commitment to attain basic education competencies for all.

SEAMEO-INNOTECH officials present during the forum were Dr. Norma Salcedo, head of the Literacy Coordinating Council Secretariat; Erlinda Sevilla, National EFA Committee Secretariat (DEPED); Dr. Ethel Agnes Valenzuela, senior specialist/ head, Research Studies unit; Rhea Christine Rabin and Cristina Moreno of the RSU, SEAMEO-INNOTECH and Cecilia Soriano, national coordinator E-Net-NEC. — Sheila Covarrubias