Ordinary folk to monitor desk deliveries to Mindanao schools



Aiming to ensure the delivery of new furniture to schools in Mindanao in time for the next academic year, a civil society group will help keep an eye on the process, the Department of Education (DepEd) said on Friday.

The DepEd has promised to solve the furniture shortage in Mindanao schools in time for the new school year in June.

To ensure that the shortage will be dealt with, the nonprofit group Procurement Watch Inc. is launching Bantay Eskuwela in Mindanao, which will tap communities to monitor furniture deliveries by the DepEd and its contractors to 185 schools in the region.

The DepEd said the program, introduced in Metro Manila in 2009, would be launched in schools on Samal Island, in Davao del Norte, Davao del Sur and Compostela Valley.

The program’s introduction in Mindanao expands its scope outside the pilot sites, including Bulacan, Tagbilaran City, Ilocos Norte, Quezon City and Rizal province, the DepEd said.  The program was initially launched with help from the Australian Agency for International Development.

“We are very pleased with the assistance provided by private and civil society organizations in ensuring that our schools will get their much needed resources in good quality and on time,” Education Secretary Armin Luistro said in a statement.

“This is a critical measure and one that we cannot do on our own as we continue to fill resource gaps in the public school system,”  Luistro added.

Under the program, Bantay Eskuwela will work with the DepEd in monitoring whether contractors are delivering the furniture “at the right time, with the right quantity and of the right quality based on DepEd specifications.”

“This new initiative will highlight the importance and success of using school-based monitors in achieving value for money and transparency adopting a participatory approach and monitoring the procurement of school arm chairs and also school buildings,” the DepEd said.

Bantay Eskuwela will enlist at least 250 volunteers from the school communities for the monitoring effort.

“Even if I don’t have money, I give my time to Bantay Eskwela,” Yoyong Villegas, a longtime volunteer, said in a statement. “We can’t count on [the] government to do everything. It doesn’t have enough money or people. We have to help.”

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  • Brian Waddington

    I am the only one offended by white ladies being used to sell elite condos on the same page as the story about corruption stealing the desks from schools? 

  • dodong1

    Even the innocent kids are victims of corruption..SILYA WATCH how sad.

    • http://joboni96.myopenid.com/ joboni96

      dada ka ng dada
      wala ka namang solusyon

      • dodong1

        pumapel ka nanaman…kawawa ka boy!!!

      • http://joboni96.myopenid.com/ joboni96

        ok ba yon?

        dagdagan mo pa scholar mo
        ng makahabol
        dollar naman ng u.s.
        ang gamit mo

      • dodong1

        wag kang mag aalala dahil enrollment nanaman ng mga studyante dyan sa Pinas at 3 nanaman ang aking scholars..all in college ikaw anong ginagawa mo??

      • http://joboni96.myopenid.com/ joboni96

        di ka ata marunong magbasa

        basahin mo ulit sa itaas

      • dodong1

        eto na lang utusan na lang kitang magbantay sa delivery ng mga upuan para meron kang kita kawawa ka naman kasi..siguro nagbababad ka dyan sa internet cafe kasi malamig ha ha ha ha ha..wa wa ka naman

      • http://joboni96.myopenid.com/ joboni96

        kita na naman usapan
        ng mukhang perang ito

        dagdagan mo pa padala mo sa pinas
        ng mapantayan mo naman ako

        sayang naman $300k per annum mo
        kung $100k di mo pa maipadala dito
        taon taon

      • dodong1

        huwag kang mag aalala dahil yang mga amount na sinasabi wala pa sa kalingkingan ko yan..sabi ko nga sa iyo sumama ka magbantay sa pagdeliver ng mga upuan at babayaran kita ng minumum wage mo ha ha ha ha

      • http://joboni96.myopenid.com/ joboni96

        wow yaman mo boy
        bakit kaya kunti scholars mo?

        lumaki na siguro ilong mo

      • dodong1

        ikaw ilan na ang natulungan mong mag aaral o di kaya salot ka rin ng lipunan dyan sa Pinas…subukan mo kayang magpaaaral ng limang studyante nasa sa college sabay sabay…ikaw ang puro dakdak wala naman ginagawa kasama ka sa pabigat dyan sa Pinas… ha ha ha ha ha

      • dodong1

        i have already sent 20 students to school, all of them finished college.. what have you done??

      • http://joboni96.myopenid.com/ joboni96

        eskwelahang high school

  • http://joboni96.myopenid.com/ joboni96

    concentrate on full teacher complement

    there is education with teachers

    even without books, rooms, desks, computers etc

  • PHtaxpayer

    Mindanao is the richest island in terms of natural resources but the poorest in income-per-capita. Something very wrong there.  I know its corruption, let’s into discuss that anymore.

    But what’s weird is the govt policy, say the Malampaya oil rigs off Palawan which the govt gets 10% of the oil revenues while the 90% goes to multi-national and foreign oil firms.  Of the 10% oil revenues the govt gets, Palawan only get 10-25%.  Well, the national govt was only giving Palawan 10% (that’s 1% of total oil revenues) and it should be daw 25%.  (Pinagawayan pa ang barya or we are fighting pa for the scraps).

    But even if Mindanao gets so little from its income revenues, how come we have these Maguindanao warlords who have so much money and private armies?  Again, obviously its political cronyism and corruption.

    These are the issues and problems that have to be solved if we are to solve the insurgency problems of Mindanao.  Having the US military presence there and upgrading our AFP is not gonna make the MILF or NPA suddenly disappear.  Believing in that is silly and dangerous.

    I think P-Noy wants US aid to protect his political career but if we do not have the right oversight and controls, it will end up hurting us later on.   

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