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34 cities, municipalities recognized for outstanding education efforts

Officials of the winning LGUs with Vice President Leni Robredo (fifth from left), Smart Community Partnerships Head Darwin Flores (third from left), and other Synergeia partners.

Thirty-four cities and municipalities from Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao were recognized recently for their outstanding efforts in improving the quality of basic education in their communities. Seventeen of them will be conferred the Seal of Good Education Governance, while the rest will receive the Jesse Robredo Award in Education Governance, named after the late interior secretary and longtime mayor of Naga City.

All the 34 local government units (LGUs) met the Synergeia Foundation’s criteria for good education governance. To qualify, they must have reinvented their local school boards and organized functional school governing councils. The cities and municipalities must have also reduced the number of non-readers and frustrated readers in their locality by at least 20 percent.

Moreover, their cohort survival rate (the percentage of first graders who went on to sixth grade) must be higher than the national average of 80% or must have increased by at least two percentage points. The LGUs must have devoted an increasing amount of their budget to education. 

Synergeia – a coalition of individuals and organizations working closely with LGUs – started giving the Seal of Good Education Governance last year to promote transparency, accountability, and excellence in the delivery of basic education by local governments. It received 350 LGU nominations this year, which is higher than last year’s 250 submissions. 

This year’s results were deliberated upon by Synergeia trustees and representatives from PLDT, Smart Communications, and SGV Foundation. 

As an incentive to the Seal holders, PLDT and Smart will provide technology packages suited to the LGUs’ respective circumstances and needs. Among the possible incentives are:

  • Installation and maintenance of Smart Wifi in the LGU’s nominated university
  • Provision of InfoCast, a web-based solution that will allow the LGU to broadcast announcements and receive feedback via text message
  • Smart School-in-a-Bag, which contains a solar panel to serve schools without electricity, mobile devices, curriculum-based educational content, teacher training, monitoring, and evaluation 

All recipients of the Seal of Good Education Governance will get smartphones and a cash prize from PLDT and Smart. On top of these, thousands of individuals from each of the 17 Seal recipients who will sign up for KasamaKA will get a free three-month micro-insurance coverage from FINTQ, the financial technology arm of PLDT-Smart digital unit Voyager Innovations. KasamaKA is a community-based, self-help, income-generating, and inclusive ecosystem-building movement. 

“We at PLDT and Smart hope that these technology tools would help the country’s outstanding LGUs deliver quality education to their constituents. We recognize that tech solutions to challenges in education work only when major stakeholders pursue innovative learning programs,” said PLDT and Smart Public Affairs Head Ramon R. Isberto. 

Recipients of the Seal of Good Education Governance plus an Incentive Package from PLDT and Smart:

  1. Bacnotan, La Union
  2. Diadi, Nueva Vizcaya
  3. Sta. Fe, Nueva Vizcaya
  4. Solano, Nueva Vizcaya
  5. Villaverde, Nueva Vizcaya
  6. Diffun, Quirino
  7. Navotas City, Metro Manila
  8. Valenzuela City, Metro Manila
  9. Maribojoc, Bohol
  10. Mambusao, Capiz
  11. Concepcion, Iloilo
  12. Lambunao, Iloilo
  13. Leon, Iloilo
  14. Mina, Iloilo
  15. Cagayan de Oro
  16. Datu Paglas, Maguindanao
  17. Bongao, Tawi Tawi

Recipients of the Jesse Robredo Award in Education Governance:

  1. Vigan, Ilocos Sur
  2. Agoo, La Union
  3. San Fernando, La Union
  4. San Gabriel, La Union
  5. Santol, La Union
  6. Dao, Capiz
  7. Ivisan, Capiz
  8. Argao, Cebu
  9. Ajuy, Iloilo
  10. Alimodian, Iloilo
  11. Cabatuan, Iloilo
  12. Lemery, Iloilo
  13. Maasin, Iloilo
  14. Miagao, Iloilo
  15. General Santos City
  16. Parang, Maguindanao
  17. Upi, Maguindanao
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