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Education summit conducted in San Jose town

by OB Miciano and PS Mabaquiao

San Jose, Antique (4 November) -- Educators, local officials, parents - teachers association, peoples and non-government organizations and other education stakeholders, the tricycle owners and operators and business groups hold the 1st Education Summit in San Jose, Antique's capital town.

Hon. Lito Coscoluela, Chairman, Sugar Regulatory Administration and at the same time Synergia Board of Trustee graced the occasion and oversee how problems on education were attended to at the local level.

Coscoluela spearheads the implementation of Synergia activities focused on education reforms for Visayan Region. Synergia is a foundation that creates an avenue to strengthen the education coalition among stakeholders. He also commended the local initiatives of holding the summit and suggested for the expansion of the members of the local school boards to include other members in the community who are supportive of the education program.

The 1st Education Summit discussed issues and concerns affecting the education sector in the locality as well as encouraged multi-sectoral participation among education stakeholders. Teachers' role in attaining quality education is also recognized during the discussion which needs utmost support of the community.

More than 250 education stakeholders participated in the discussion of the current situation of San Jose including the strength, weaknesses and opportunities of the education sector which were consolidated into education reform program of the town.

Mayor Rony Molina of San Jose, presented the town's Education Agenda which anchored on the motto, Education: Investment for the Future. He stressed that responsive and productive school children rest not only in hands of the teachers but also to the parents, other education stakeholders and the entire community. Aware of the problems in education, Mayor Molina emphasized that he is determined to invest in education to make children more responsible and to ensure brighter future of San Jose.

Meanwhile, Asst. Schools Division Superintendent Rhodora Napud congratulated LGU San Jose for pioneering the education summit as a venue for education stakeholders to discus strategies to improve children performance with the theme "Converting liabilities to assets; burden to blessings and problems to solutions". (San Jose/PIA) [top]

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