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Outstanding gov’t engineer supports citizen monitoring

 April 25, 2018    

Contributed by Charrie Joy V. Masculino



30740863_10209284784635610_6479532678021382144_n Engineer Nick Gencianeo (in gray shirt) verifies the issues reported by CheckMySchool Coordinator Charrie Joy Masculino in a public elementary school in Guimaras.


GUIMARAS – As a CheckMySchool (CMS) volunteer, I have monitored and reported cases of delayed construction of school buildings. In all these cases, I have approached Engr. Nick and he would always explain the reasons of the delay and the course of action that his office would take to finish the project.


Indeed, he has been a big help in clarifying school issues and pursuing their solution.


Engr. Nick Gencianeo is currently Engineer III at the Department of Education (DepEd) Division of Guimaras. I used to work for him at the Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS) program, where he served as Procurement Officer.


He is a professional colleague and a friend, and I consider myself fortunate to have the opportunity to see this hardworking public servant in action. Just a few years ago, he was recognized by DepEd as the “Most Outstanding Division Engineer”.


My close collaboration with Engr. Nick is an example of the importance of maintaining a good relationship with trusted people in government. “Always be friendly, bawal ang masungit [don’t be a grouch],” this is my constant reminder to fellow volunteers when dealing with them.



30713089_10209284786875666_312571914323230720_n CheckMySchool Coordinator Charrie Joy Masculino (right) documents school visits with Engineer Nick Gencianeo.


Our working relationship with Engr. Nick’s office is built on mutual respect and trust. His office supported CMS volunteers in our data gathering and updating, including our inputs for the Enhanced Basic Education Information System (E-BEIS). He has acknowledged the wide CMS coverage of 114 public schools in the division during the meetings of the Provincial Development Council, in which CMS is represented by chapter coordinator Ana Eva Villanueva.


More importantly, Engr. Nick has recognized the proactive inputs, submission of reports and follow up queries of the CMS volunteers. His office has received our monitoring findings and been alerted about situations that need their urgent attention. These greatly helped in easing their office’s heavy workload.


In turn, despite his hectic schedule, Engr. Nick always accommodated our inquiries and concerns related to school buildings and facilities. Our smooth coordination was a result of good communication between us. His office always has been open and transparent as it never failed to update us on major developments, such as an approved budget that has just been downloaded, an upcoming pre-bid conference, or which contractor a certain project has been awarded to.


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A “give and take” relationship, our close partnership with Engr. Nick has been invaluable in effectively facilitating our engagements with DepEd. It is a proof that government officers and community members can work hand in hand in addressing school concerns.



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