Mindanao local government units receive the Seal of Good Education Governance from Synergeia Foundation, as well as technology packages from PLDT and Smart.
Four towns and a city in Mindanao recently received the Seal of Good Education Governance from Synergeia Foundation for their outstanding efforts in delivering basic education to their constituents.
These are Simunul and Bongao in Tawi-Tawi, North Upi and Datu Paglas in Maguindanao, and Cagayan de Oro City. They are among the 24 cities and municipalities from Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao that received the recognition. The LGUs will also get incentive packages from PLDT and Smart Communications, worth up to P1.5 million each.
In the photo are (from left to right) Synergeia Foundation President and CEO Milwida Guevara, USAID Education Specialist Monica Tan, Smart Distributor Sales Manager Bernie Deatras, PLDT Enterprise Group Mindanao Head Ben Melasa, Smart Community Partnerships Head Darwin Flores, Datu Paglas Mayor Abubakar Paglas, USAID Deputy Chief of Executive Office Timothy Marlowe, Cagayan de Oro Mayor Oscar Moreno, Simunul Mayor Nazif Abdurahman, North Upi Mayor Ramon Piang, and Bongao Mayor Jimuel Que.
Established in 2002, Synergeia is a coalition of individuals and organizations working closely with about 400 LGUs to improve the delivery of basic education to Filipino children.
To boost the capability of seal recipients to improve education in their localities, PLDT and Smart will provide technology packages suited to the LGUs’ respective circumstances and needs. Among the incentives are the 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.
The winners will also receive instructional materials from USAID Philippines.