Following its launch in July 2016, the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation, Inc. (RAFI) Seal of Excellence in Education Development (SEED) Awards recognized Subangdaku Elementary School and Mandaue City Comprehensive National High School as the best in terms of governance among all public schools of Cebu, each school receiving a grant line of PHP1.5 million.
Second placers came from Bogo City, Cayang Elementary School and Jovencio M. Masong National High School, who each received a grant line of PHP1 million while third place winners Asturias Central Elementary School (Asturias town) and Awihao National High School (Toledo City) got PHP500,000 each.
The top winning schools were picked out of five finalists in the elementary and the high school categories from 60 endorsed by their respective DepEd divisions and districts.
The SEED Awards is an annual, evidence-based awards program that seeks to assess the performance of schools and open to all public elementary and secondary schools in Cebu (excluding special schools). It aims to broaden the involvement of the community in the evaluation and improvement of its schools and to promote effective school governance by engaging the community and sharing best school practices.
Using a rubric, RAFI assessed each of the endorsed school’s performance in four Key Result Areas: Organizational Management, Learning Environment, Instruction, and Performance.
The participating schools also underwent two levels of processing, namely: district or division level and the provincial Level. The Top 5 schools in both categories were likewise subjected to a numeracy and literacy test and a panel Interview. From there, the Top 3 RAFI SEED awardees were picked using the following criteria: Site Validation, Numeracy and Literacy Test result, and Panel Interview.
During a conference prior to the awarding, the finalists also shared their best practices and initiatives on the four KRAs.
The SEED Awards is another RAFI program conceptualized in partnership with and in support of DepEd to reinforce and empower the delivery of quality education for the schoolchildren of Cebu. It is in line with RAFI’s thrust of “touching people, shaping the future”.