TIGHT HUGS. The writer recounts his daughter's experience in the Philippines. Screengrab from The Strait Times
Deborah went home that day wondering why her family didn't travel outside the country like her classmates did over the holidays.The family went to Cauayan City, the hometown of their Filipina househelp Maricel. The rural area that depends on rice and corn farms is home to just 122,000 people.
The experience of the family reflected the state of public education in the Philippines.Deborah attended Cauayan South Central School with Maricel’s 9-year-old daughter Charelle. For three days, she was like any normal student, even wearing the school uniform and riding the tricycle to school.
The school, considered the largest public school in the area, has about 4000 pupils in 87 classes. Toh observed that the school provides free education to children “working-class parents including farmers, labourers, and women working overseas”.
Toh described the school as “nothing like any in Singapore.” Aside from uneven pathways to school buildings, the dimly-lit classrooms with poor ventilation were packed.
“Teachers kept going even as the temperature soared to a sweltering 38 degrees,” he recalled whenever three-hour power interruptions happened.
To their surprsie and amusement, Deborah quickly formed a bond with her classmates. On her last day in school, she wrote that the strongest impression of them was kindness.
The warm attitude given by the people of Cauayan left Deborah wanting to go back.
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SMI salutes and congratulate this year’s Most Outstanding Mayor Awardees 2014.
Ceremonial rites were staged at the Fontayne room of the Mandarin Hotel on March 25, 2014.
Large format certificates and the publication were released to the Most Outstanding Mayors.
“Media has reported with consistency the multiple scams and corruption scandals the past four months only to degrade the institutions politicians alleged, belong to. Who exactly are the winners and losers dictate the perceptions generated but overall it is the country that suffers most. The Most Outstanding Mayor Award is a refreshingly welcome change that salutes our local leaders who by their accomplishments serve their constituencies save nation building” says SMI President and CEO Harry Tambuatco
Hon. Bernard Faustino La Madrid Dy - Mayor, City Government of Cauayan, Isabela
Hon. Maria Belen “Maribel” A. Eusebio - Mayor, City Government of Pasig
Hon. Raulito “Amboy” T. Manlapaz Sr. - Mayor, Government of Hagonoy, Bulacan
Hon. Ryan Paolo V. Mencias - Mayor, Government of Alcala, Pangasinan
Hon. Eduardo Emor Ong, Jr. - Mayor, Government of Irosin, Sorsogon
Hon. Pablo Campos Ortega - Mayor, City Government of San Fernando, La Union
Hon. Ricarte R. Padilla - Mayor, Government of Jose Panganiban, Camarines Norte
Hon. Edgardo D. Pamintuan - Mayor, City Government of Angeles, Pampanga
Hon. Reynaldo O Parojinog, Sr. - Mayor, City Government of Ozamiz, Misamis Occidental
Hon. Rodrigo L. Rafael - Mayor, Government of Natividad, Pangasinan
Hon. Mayor Meynardo A. Sabili - Mayor, City Government of Lipa, Batangas
2013 National Nutrition Awarding Ceremony. Regional Outstanding Winner in Nutrition (CROWN) Awardee. Cauayan City sustainable and innovative programs towards reduced malnutrition. The City Nutrition Committee headed by Mayor Bernard Faustino M. Dy.
Alkansya Para sa Buntis preparing pregnant mothers financially by establishing a culture of careful budgeting and saving for a safe childbirth.
Batang Radyo sa Nutrisyon promotes good nutrition practices and healthy food choices through children-broadcasters.
Gulayan sa Kusina spearhead by City Green Ladies Organization provides supply of fresh and safe vegetables and makes use of recyclable containers.
Barangay Food Terminals sell reasonably-priced rice, poultry, meat, fish, eggs, vegetables and fruits.
Lactation Stations established in the City Health Office, City Hall, Public Market, District Hospital, and Barangay Health Stations through a local resolution adopting the IYCF strategy.
All these projects and activities by the CNC and its partners contributed to the reduction in the prevalence of under nutrition among preschool children.
Bukod pa riyan, sinabi rin ni Dy, na malaki ang potensyal sa turismo ng Isabela. Aniya pa, tulad ng katimugan ng Pilipinas, maraming napakagagandang destinasyong panturismo ang Isabela, pero, di-tulad sa timog, ang Isabela ay may mga "virgin" at di-pa nadedebelop na destinasyong panturista. Isa aniya ito sa mga atraksyong inaalok ng Isabela sa lahat ng gustong maglagak ng puhunan dito.