The Project Implementation Team (PIT) of the School-Based Management and Community – Collaboration for Reform in Education (SBMC-CORE) headed by Ms. Caroline Belisario, PIT team leader went in the Division of Compostela Valley on 13 June 2012 particularly in the municipality of Maragusan where 4 schools covered by the project is located. Going to Maragusan was not easy. You have to pass through a long, rugged, and winding road in order to reach the town proper.
After the orientation, the PIT validated the beginning inventory data provided by the school principal,Ms. Zosima Retardo.
During the orientation, Ms. Retardo told the group that the supplier of school furniture delivered armchairs just after the previous school clusters’ orientation on the SBMC-CORE advocacy. She was very proud to say that she did not accept the armchairs due to the information given by the PIT during the cluster orientation regarding DepEd specifications and the principal’s rights not to accept when the delivery is not in conformity with the specifications.
The principal’s assertion to her rights is an indicator of a positive impact of the advocacy. Moreover, the supplier also commented positively on the initiative stating that “now, alam na naming na hindi tatanggapin pag hindi maayos.” (Now, we know that schools won’t accept chairs if these are not manufactured properly.) We hope someday that school principals like Ms. Retardo would multiply and spread the reform in Education.
Mr. Rene Brasuela is a Deputy eam leader of the PH Desk of ANSA-EAP.