The regular board meeting of Gawad Metronian Educational Foundation, Inc. [GMEFI] was held yesterday, June 24, 2016 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Criminology Room 3rd floor of MSM Bldg. in Metro Manila College, Novaliches, Quezon City.
Matters taken up are as follows: report on the number and status of Gawad Metronian scholars for the school year 2016-2017; status of DSWD Application and the need to fast track on its submission, and the re-alignment of schedule and change in focus of the Philippine Federation of the Deaf [PFD] from its original project intention. PFD is suppose to implement the project of teaching Filipino Sign Language [FSL] not only to Deaf students but to their parents as well to develop better communication and interaction between the two. However, PFD reported that the principal of Susano Elementary School informed them of the Deaf parent’s unavailability due to problem with their own schedule. As such, she advised PFD to just concentrate on Grade Six students who are weak in their signing skills. PFD’s project is under GMEFI education assistance program. Project implementation starts in July. Executive Director Gil Reoma volunteered to check with Susano Elementary School Coordinator the actual situation; and that he would himself try to convince parents on the necessity and importance of joining their kids as attending the FSL class to be conducted by PFD will surely benefit both of them, if not, the entire family.
Also discussed was the lowering of Scholarship Category Two grade requirement from 85% to 80% especially for Persons with Disability, the Indigenous people and the poor who showed heroic deeds, and keen in studying but has no means to pursue their studies. The scholarship will serve as a reward especially to the latter. New Gawad Metronian rules, regulations and requirements will be formulated and adopted. The change will apply next semester.
Matter on the first official fund-raising project of GMEFI was also discussed. In time for the celebration of 2016 National Heroes Day, Mirana Medina, an independent advocacy filmmaker and GMEFI board member proposed the film benefit screening using her educational documentary on Apolinario Mabini entitled PULE: Utak ng Rebolusyon to benefit Gawad Metronian Scholars, and upon her request, to give part of its proceeds to Persons with Disability of Novaliches. Target date of screening is tentatively set on August 26, 2016.
In relation to this, a meeting between the leaders of Soroptomist International of San Jose del Monte [SI of SJDM] Bulacan with GMEFI President and Executive Director held day before yesterday on June 23, ended with an agreement that the same film be shown to Bulacan students. The Soroptimist leaders who previewed and appreciated the film’s value hope to spark nationalism and patriotism on their students, and be inspired by Mabini’s life and his conviction. Both the Soroptimists and GMEFI leaders admitted knowing Mabini a lot better after watching the documentary. Another meeting between the two groups has been set on July 12 to finalize the partnership.
Lastly, GMEFI Board approved the proposal of CBR-Smile based in Payatas, Quezon City. Title of their proposal is “Art Dance Therapy for Children with Disabilities.” CBR-Smile is the third recipient under the GMEFI Education Assistance Program. A Memorandum of Agreement will be prepared for signing by both parties by mid-July.
The meet ended with the announcement that the annual orientation of Gawad Metronian scholars with their parents will be held on Saturday, July 2, 2016 from 10 am to 2 pm.