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MAITUM, Sarangani (August 26, 2011) - Mayor Elsie Lucille Perrett speaks before participants of the Division Management Committee Meeting at Kipalkuda Elementary School in barangay New La Union. She thanked the 200 delegates for choosing Maitum as the venue and encouraged them to explore Maitum. The mayor expressed her gratitude because of the influx of projects in Maitum for the past two quarters. Despite having the smallest Internal Revenue Allotment in the whole province, Maitum managed to implement a number of (completed and on-going) projects namely: construction of Maitum Trading Phase III,IV and V; water systems, school buildings, corn shellers and driers in some barangays, to name a few. Funding for these projects came from outside sources like Mindanao Rural Development Program, KALAHI-CIDSS, Department of Public Works and Highways, provincial government and congressional fund. In her Monday morning speech during the flag ceremony, she encouraged employees to give their best in giving service to the community. "This is our place and we should cooperate with one another in making Maitum a livable and progressive town," the mayor said. (Afren de Guzman/MAITUM INFORMATION OFFICE)
MAITUM, Sarangani (August 26, 2011) - Mayor Elsie Lucille Perrett leads the inspection and turnover of two units mini rice mill to barangays Sison and Maguling on August 22. With the mayor are Councilors Ruben Balanag, Arturo Desaville and Ruperto Bunzo (partly hidden), and municipal agriculturist Eddie Ampodia. The two barangays are recipients of the Mindanao Rural Development Program under the Community Fund for Agricultural Development program. (Afren de Guzman/MAITUM INFORMATION OFFICE)
MAITUM, Sarangani (August 26, 2011) - Mayor Elsie Lucille Perrett gamely sings with the teacher-trainees of the Boy Scouts of the Philippines/ Girl Scouts of the Philippines Basic Training at Edenton Mission College. (Afren de Guzman/MAITUM INFORMATION OFFICE)
ALABEL, Sarangani (August 24, 2011) - As a child, Anne sourced out money to buy her favorite candy caramel by plucking kangkong leaves in the ponds and selling them from house to house. But one afternoon as she was vending the vegetables, a heavy downpour rushed her home still pocket-empty.
Annalie Edday, one of the nine Asia 21 Philippines Young Leaders who will represent the country to the international conference in New Delhi by November, was amused recalling her childhood 20 years back when she cried out of her childish frustration of not being able to generate even a single peso to buy the candy she always craved for. But it was this thought to be insignificant episode in her life that made her promise to finish schooling.
Anne is a pure blooded Blaan raised in a traditional way their tribe does. She was born of a very poor family and the youngest of eight.Read more: Education advocate looks back, inspires more
GLAN, Sarangani (August 16, 2011) - Education stakeholders coming from the Department of Education (DepEd), parents, and local leaders of this municipality crafted on Monday (August 15) their pledge to intensify efforts in fulfilling Sarangani’s education agenda 2013 thru “commitment and accountability.”
The agenda targets 95 percent participation rate, 81 percent completion rate, and 80 percent achievement rate for elementary pupils by the year 2013. The current performance statistics for elementary schools in Glan this year have percentage gaps of 12.61 (participation rate), 28.18 (completion rate), and 12.21 (achievement rate).
In the State of Municipal Education Address Mayor Victor James Yap Sr. delivered during the Education Summit, he admitted to have observed the conditions of “perennially low-performing schools” of his municipality. This led him to prioritize first the improvement of the socio-economic situation where many sub-standard schools are located.Read more: Education Summit kicks off in Glan
Donors’ representatives delivered commitment addresses on August 5 at the 18th foundation anniversary of the Department of Education (DepEd) in Sarangani which marked the second year of “Education Revolution!” dubbed as KKK (Karunungan Kontra Kahirapan).
“They ask what is the secret why a lot of assistance has been pouring into the province? My reply is, one is credibility, and two is integrity,” said Governor Migs Dominguez in his speech during the event. “And for every peso the province receives as aid must have a clear result and return of investment.”Read more: Donors step up fight for education
ALABEL, Sarangani (August 5, 2011) – Congressman Manny Pacquiao announced before thousands of teachers and education revolutionists Friday (August 5) the Hewlett-Packard (HP) donation of 2,000 computers for public schools across the province.
The congressman, commercial endorser for Hewlett-Packard’s Touch Pad airing in a giant US broadcast network, told the cheering crowd that Hewlett-Packard was giving 1,000 computers and he asked for 1,000 more “bisag wala koy talent fee basta naa lang computers nga muabot sa Sarangani (even without talent fee as long as those computers arrive in Sarangani).”
The donation was roughly $1 million worth if each unit costs $500.Read more: Hewlett-Packard donates 2,000 computers for Sarangani public schools
ALABEL, Sarangani (August 6, 2011) – Governor Migs Dominguez, Congressman Manny Pacquiao, board members, mayors and vice mayors led thousands of teachers and education revolutionists Friday (August 5) in the crusade for quality education to fight poverty.
Soldiers with military trucks and armored personnel carriers escorted the 5,000-strong marchers around the Capitol to mark the “Education Revolution!”.
The military trucks were loaded with 20,837 books to be distributed to Grade 1 and 16,621 for the Grade 2 pupils. These will cover the 230 elementary schools province-wide to meet the “1:1 ratio of workbooks,” QUEST program manager Annalie Edday said.Read more: 5,000 rally for “Education Revolution!”
MALUNGON, Sarangani (August 4, 2011) – A special tertiary extension program of the provincial government for its indigenous people (IP) is now on its third year of operation and would soon have its own campus.
This was disclosed by officials during the general orientation program of 119 IP scholars attended by provincial, municipal and barangay officials with partners and parents Wednesday (August 3) at Malandag gymnasium.
“Today, I would like to welcome the people behind the fortune given to us freely, the fortune that we should value as we know that it is only through good education that we can become a better person,” said Professor Thelma Pagunsan, dean of the College of Education, Mindanao State University Gensan, in her welcome address.Read more: Indigenous people scholars study at MSU extension in Sarangani
ALABEL, Sarangani (August 4, 2011) – Reforming education is one of the provincial government’s quests in order to eradicate poverty, according to Annalie Edday, program manager of Quality Education for Sarangani Today(QUEST).
After four years of integrating innovation and collaboration in the program, “Sarangani is becoming an education community,” Edday said.
She noted the “clear manifestations of greater community involvement and strengthened accountability over our public school system.”Read more: QUEST reforms Sarangani education