Borongan City, Eastern Samar – The Plan International Positive Discipline Project through Gawad Gabay has named model families, schools and communities in the province for exemplary practice of disciplining children without harm in a ceremony on 12 August 2016 at Doña Vicental Hotel, this city.
Named winners in the Model Family category are Mr. & Mrs. Felino Catubay (1st Place, 95.67%); Mr. & Mrs. Ramil Montes (2nd Place, 95.33%); and Mr. and Mrs. Manuel Globio (3rd Place, 82.60%), all residents of Maydolong town of the province.
Winners in the Model School Category are Maydolong National High School of Maydolong (1st Place); Hugpa Elementary School of Llorente (2nd Place); and Banika Elementary School of Llorente (3rd Place).
For the Model Barangay Category, awarded are Poblacion 10 of Llorente (1st Place); Poblacion 1 of Maydolong (2nd Place); and Brgy. Canloterio of Maydolong (3rd Place).
Gawad Gabay stands for Galing sa Pag-Alalay sa mga Bata para sa MAgandang BuhaY (Excellence in Guiding Children for better future).
Plan International, the prime mover of the search, said that the project seeks to conduct a project-site-wide search for model homes, schools and communities that exemplify best practices of applying and promoting positive and non-violent approaches to child discipline.
Plan believes that recognizing model institutions encourages the rest of the country to emulate the same practice and consequently contribute to the creation of a safer environment for the Filipino children.
The project-wide search is also implemented in Quezon City, NCR; Naga City, Camarines Sur; Pili, Camarines Sur; Lagawe, Ifugao; Lamut, Ifugao; Talisay City, Cebu; Cebu City, Cebu and Alabel, Saranggani.
Provincial winners will vie for the national selection scheduled on 20 August 2016. Catubay, Montes and Globio families winners in Eastern Samar received a plaque and educational and home supplies worth P10,000, P8,000 and P5,000 respectively.
Catubay will represent the province for the national selection.
Maydolong National High School received a plaque; disaster and risk reduction (DRR) equipment; and 2 megaphones and 1 portable sound system worth P10,000. Hugpa and Banika Elementary Schools received plaques; DRR equipment; 1 megaphone and 1 portable sound system worth P8,000 and P5,500 each respectively.
Poblacion 1, Llorente; Poblacion, Maydolong; and Canloterio, Maydolong, winners of of the Model Barangay also were awarded with plaques and DRR equipment worth P10,000, P8,000 and P5,500 respectively.
National winners for Model Family will receive a plaque and educational supplies worth P25,000 while Model School and Barangay will receive plaques and educational supplies worth P50,000 apiece.
Hermie Oraya, Plan Project Officer, said that there were 36 entries for all categories in the provincial search from Maydolong and LLorente.
The two towns are identified as pilot areas for the said project. Oraya said that Catubay family was chosen because of the 10-year practice of positive discipline among their children.
“An pinaka-makusog nga bulig ha pagdidisiplina han mag-asawa ha ira mga anak, adton pagtaga religious aspect o kon “faith-based” nga paagi (The strongest disciplining factor of the couple to their children was the religious aspect or faith-based disciplining),” Oraya said.
The schools meanwhile were selected based on the implementation of DepEd Order 44 series of 2015 or the Guidelines on the Enhanced School Improvement Planning (SIP) Process and the School Report Card (SRC) and adherence in the implementation of child protection policies like the Anti-bullying Act.
Barangays, on the other hand, were scored based on activities and the inclusion of child protection programs in the Barangay Council for the Protection of Children (BCPC) and Gender and Development (GAD) plan for 2016.
The selection committee was composed of Lucila Cardona (Municipal Social Welfare and Development Officer-MSWDO), Reina Montes (MSWDO), Janet Gardiola (Municipal Local Government Operations Officer – MLGOO), Evangeline Escoto (MLGOO), Shirly Valdez (Coalition of Advocates for Children’s Rights in Eastern Samar – CARES), Laura Apura (CARES), Maria Rencelle C. Canario (CARES JR.), Penelope Pomida (Borongan Press Club), SPO1 Cristina Catalo (PNP-Women and Children Police Desk), Aireene Cristy Acoba (4Ps Municipal Link – ML) and Desiree Mae Batayola (4Ps ML).
The project is supported by European Union (EU) and Plan International – Germany.
The awarding ceremonies were attended by Llorente Mayor Daniel Boco, Eastern Samar Schools Division Superintendent Bernardo Adina through representative Abner Aclao, Plan Project Manager Jayson Lozano and various project stakeholders in the province. (Penelope Pomida, DYES-Radyo ng Bayan Borongan with reports from Bryan Azura)