VALERIO REMAINS ADAMANT
ILOILO City Schools Division Superintendent Nelly Valerio still refuses to release to the public the results of the 2013 National Achievement Test (NAT).
In her answer to Councilor Jason Gonzales’ letter asking her to furnish the City Council with the NAT results, the beleaguered education official said:
“We believe that NAT test results cannot be made public and are not for ranking purposes as this may create negative interpretations, comparisons and assumptions from among public and private schools.”
Now we know why the lady official cannot release the results despite the fact that they are public documents, and even if public interest is involved.
Even her grammar is miserably awry. The subject in her sentence is “results” (plural). But the pronoun she used is “this” (singular).
No wonder the NAT results in her district are the lowest among 18 schools divisions in Region 6.
We urge Councilor Gonzales to summon Valerio to appear before the City Council so that she could shed light on the embarrassing and demeaning results of the NAT, and that some remedial measures could be made to improve the performance of Iloilo City students.
Councilor Gonzales could also summon Regional Director Corazon Brown of the Department of Education because she was quoted as saying that the NAT results do not gauge the capacity and performance of students.
1) RODOLFO B. ENCAJONADO, director of the Civil Service Commission in Region 6, has sent us a hard-bound and very useful copy of the 2014 CSC Journal.
One of best regional officials in the country, Director Encajonado is an exemplary public servant whose performance and sterling leadership make him an essential asset to government service.
2) WE were told that Madam Myrna Castillo, Iloilo Schools Division superintendent, wanted to pay a food caterer but was warned by a Commission on Audit personnel not to release the amount (about P500,000) because there was a defect in the documents.
The food expense was incurred during a despidida party in honor of then outgoing superintendent, Dr. Raymundo Lapating.
3) AKLAN’s Gov. Joeben Miraflores, who has been undefeated all through these years since he started his political career, remains a strong and popular leader. So far, nobody can hold a candle to him when it comes to public service.
With Cong. Ted Haresco, their teamwork in public service effectively solidifies the forces in Aklan province.
DIRECTOR CORAZON BROWN
CORAZON Brown, Department of Education director of Western Visayas, possesses a strong personality.
She is strict insofar as office policies and programs are concerned.
With an exacting attitude and a disciplinarian character, Director Brown has successfully instilled a set of behavior upon her subordinates, which actually lead to the latter’s personality refinement and development.
Looking younger than her age, the 64-year-old official is highly regarded and respected by those in the teaching profession – despite her occasional tantrums.
Calling a spade a spade, Mrs. Brown is known for being brutally frank in her interactions with people under her province.
But it is this candid and straightforward manifestation of character that endears her to the people.
POLITICAL UNITY IN CAPIZ
THERE is truth to coffee shop talks that two opposing political factions in Capiz will unite and let bygones be bygones.
During the recent birthday of Cong. Tony del Rosario, Cong. Fredenil Castro, along with mayors in the 2nd District on one hand, and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas and Gov. Vic Tanco on the other hand, met in an atmosphere of amity.
With this panorama, it is easier to foretell that Capiz will give Secretary Mar a triumphant victory over his would-be presidential opponents in the 2016 election.
Cong. Tony, like former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, expertly ironed out some kinks that once created a wide chasm between two leaders in the province.
The gathering of political bigwigs was also sweetened by the presence of beauty queens – Miss Universe (2013) 3rd runner-up Ariela Arida and Miss International (2013) Bea Rose Santiago.
BORACAY SHOULD BE A MUNICIPALITY
THE island of Boracay should be converted into a municipality, separate and distinct from the town of Malay.
It is because the tourist island, which is under the municipality of Malay, remains undeveloped. Its basic services are wanting, if not neglected.
Composed of three barangays, Boracay can survive alone and, in fact, can be more progressive and developed without any intervention from Malay.
Once it is a distinct municipality, Borcay can improve its health services, public works projects, peace and order, environmental concerns, transportation system, telecommunication facilities, urban planning, drainage and garbage system, etc.
For as long as this tourist spot remains under the jurisdiction of Malay, this beautiful tourist spot will continue to degrade and lose its grandeur.
We hope this matter will get the attention of Cong. Ted Haresco, Gov. Joeben Miraflores and other officials.
AMAZING PARADISE SEA WIND HOTEL AND RESORT
WE are enthralled and totally fascinated by the beauty of Sea Wind Hotel and Resort in Boracay.
Its wide and spacious beach front is one of the most exciting in the scenic island.
Peaceful and quiet, the air in Sea Wind invigorates man’s total senses and health because of its preserved natural environment. Trees give cleaner oxygen needed by our body.
Right in front of its main building is a hilly area -- full of tress and verdant plants. Abundant water irrigates the plants as if the scorching heat of the sun could not penetrate man’s skin pores.
There is a swimming pool up there, and at night all around is nature’s sound enlivening the soul.
Clean and orderly, Sea Wind is an amazing paradise.
Owned by Inday Ruth Tirol-Jarantilla and expertly managed by her son, Jose Roberto T. Cocjin, Sea Wind is a favorite destination and home of Class A tourists who want to get their money’s worth.