Mayor Rex Gatchalian of Valenzuela City, located in the Philippines’ Metro Manila region, is a champion of improving children’s reading skills, especially since a National Achievement Test in 2011 revealed a citywide 20 percent drop in literacy among sixth graders.
Jomar Francisco and Sylver Peralta are loyal employees of the Pulilan municipal government in the Philippines. They are fascinated by the novel way that they now receive their salaries. Last year, the city introduced a mobile money-enabled payroll system. Francisco and Peralta can now safely and easily receive salaries and make financial transactions through their mobile phones.
Aug. 2014—It was supposed to be a regular USAID workshop in the Philippines' Davao City to provide Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) chief executives with leadership skills to improve their local school boards. But as the day progressed, it became much more.
Bayanihan, or the spirit of helping one’s neighbor, binds local officials in the Philippines’ Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, thanks to recent workshops for local school boards.
The call for local government executives to keep a high level of integrity was never more apparent among peers than during local school board workshops conducted in the Philippines in November 2013 under a USAID project.
Last updated: February 26, 2015