GUIMBAL, Iloilo – Shortages in classrooms, fences, and books are among the issues faced by public schools in Guimbal. But what the town lacks in school facilities, it makes up for a strong sense of bayanihan in the community.
This quality innate of Guimbalenos was evident when Department of Education representatives Meryll Tabin and Evelyn Relor visited the seaside town to attend CheckMySchool’s (CMS) orientation and annual data updating in early 2014. Volunteers from each school, particularly the monitoring volunteers of Particion National High School, did not hesitate to come and help in the activities.
Led by Area Coordinator Ruby Joy Eala, CMS was thus able to conduct the orientation on Jan. 27, 2014 and three days later, a roundtable discussion with Guimbal Vice Mayor Mary Ann Suyao-Lujan, the local school board, and several school administrators. The roundtable talk was held to resolve some of the issues identified by CMS.
Despite setbacks that could otherwise slow down students, Guimbal schools still managed to perform well in the National Achievement Test. Part of the reason is said to be the active involvement of the Parent-Teacher Associations and a few technological advancements. A touchscreen LCD monitor that helps students better learn in Guimbal Central Elementary School is one example.
CheckMySchool also recognizes the local government’s support for its cause. The building of gymnasiums in various schools and logistical aid provided to the CMS team in its activities are proof that public education is a local government priority.