Malaybalay central school forms stakeholders’ body

MALAYBALAY CITY – Malaybalay City’s biggest elementary school is tapping into its network of external stakeholders to help school administrators in the school’s development.

“It takes the whole village to educate a child,” Noel Tan Nery, Malaybalay City Central School principal said as he announced during the founding meeting of the School Governing Council Monday.

The MCCS gathered some representatives from the different stakeholders to organize the SGC, which Tan Nery said, will be an “interface of stakeholders, sources of strategic decisions that shape the school and its work.”

The MCCS could be the first public elementary school in Bukidnon to put up its SGC, he added. But he clarified that the SGC does not duplicate the Parents Teachers’ Association (PTA) as the former includes the community and other stakeholders.

The SGC is bound to gather both the internal and external stakeholders of the school, including the alumni, the local government, non-government organizations, retirees and other sectors, he added.

Tan Nery cited Republic Act 9155 or Republic Act No. 9155, otherwise known as “Governance of Basic. Education Act of 2001 that mandated schools to organize the SGCs as early as 2002.

He said the law, which renamed the then Department of Education, Culture, and Sports (DECS) as the Department of Education, mandated that the community has to be involved, he added.

H added that the school administrator keeps his control of the school management while the SGC always coordinates with him.

He said bodies, the school administration and the SGC will have “shared responsibility and shared accountability” of the work and action of the school system.

But Tan Nery said the principle behind the SGC is volunteerism, not compulsion.

Cosjulita Olarte, MCCS faculty president, said through the SGC taps the community members who can provide support and work as partners for the improvement process of the school.

Tresilita Linan, SGC chair, cited that the body will provide forum for the stakeholders to work together, like in the development and monitoring of the school improvement programs (SIPs).

The elected officials of the SGC were Philippine Red Cross Bukidnon’s Ms. Jocelyn Daroy (Chairperson), Karancho’s  Alan Comiso (vice chairperson), MCCS’s Ellen Delante (Secretary), Julies Bakeshoppe’s Rosalie Fajardo (Treasurer), Brgy. 1 kagawad Nova Nieva Tortola (Auditor); and Bukidnon Press Club/MCCS Batch 1990 Alumni Association president Walter Balane (Public Information Officer). (Bukidnon News)