General Santos City (28 January 2015) – The Department of Education-Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (DepEd-ARMM) has brought 3 mayors, 31 barangay captains and 23 school principals from Basilan province on an educational tour this week to Malungon town, Sarangani province to learn from the example set by local government and school officials on improving the academic performance of students.
ARMM Education Sec. Jamar Kulayan said they want to replicate the best practices that have been implemented by officials in Malungon.
The students in the municipality have consistently topped in the National Achievement Test (NAT) in Region 12 for two consecutive years.
Kulayan said the performance of students in Malungon has improved after school officials started working with local officials and community leaders in addressing problems on education.
In Barangay Malandag, one of the communities visited by the delegation from ARMM, community leaders help repair classrooms, acquire additional learning materials and build access roads to schools, allotting funds from the barangay’s internal revenue allotment (IRA) for the purpose.
They also sought the help of local businesses in the area to support the initiative.
Kulayan said the collaboration between officials and community leaders in Malungon is very laudable and innovative.
Aside from replicating the model set by Malungon, DepEd-ARMM will also be expanding the implementation of the Dynamic Learning Program (DLP), an innovative teaching method, in the region to sustain the improvement in the performance and competence of students. (Bureau of Public Information/NSS)