Seven public schools in Iloilo are expected to undergo much needed repairs of their school facilities, thanks to the checkmyschool.org (CMS), a website that provides information about the condition, services and facilities in public schools as well as on how the government and the private sector can address them.
A partnership between the Department of Education and the Ateneo School of Government, checkmyschool.org allows the public to use gathered information to fill up resource gaps or provide inputs on how to better improve the delivery of education services.
Prompted by a CMS report, DepEd conducted verification and confirmed budget allocation for the repair of Burias Elementary School in Mambusao, Capiz, Nanga ES in Guimbal and Malitbog National High School in Calinog, Iloilo under the Basic Educational Facilities Fund (BEFF) for this year. For 2013, BEFF funds have been allocated for repairs in Caidquid ES in Mambusao West, Capiz, Camangahan ES in Guimbal, Calinog Central School, Badlan NHS and Alcarde-Gustilo NHS in Calinog.
Secretary of Education Armin A. Luistro said, “When civil society, concerned citizens and DepEd share an open communication line, resource gaps in our public schools can be promptly addressed.”
According to CMS project coordinator Redempto Parafina, verified school issues posted in the CMS website are sent to concerned DepEd offices and other education stakeholders for proper resolution.
Checkmyschool.org has already reached 14 areas across the country involving the training of area coordinators who check the information provided by schools and counter-check them based on actual community validation. Information resulting from the validation activity is brought to the attention of concerned authorities/agencies.