BE THAT as it may, the world will see how Mayor Benjie is like “chalk and cheese” with former politicians in making the city more than the educational capital of the north. This is the mass consensus in the basic and academic circles. But I need to recount how many falls in with.
Surely as educators know, what the mayor did for session road and in some parks are purely motivation in any lesson plans. The objectives and procedures have to be completed and the reflection, although the last part, waits. I can recall the instructions of my mentors in the college of teacher education at Benguet State University two decades ago. With their wisdom I can rephrased the mayors’ lesson plan for the people of Baguio City to check. In those times, Professors are strict with objectives, which must be specific. Thus, I will use the word “balls”.
At the end of the mayor’s term, the K-12 graduates of Baguio city shall: be acquainted with facts comprising the nature and use of “balls” in the field of sports, technical, vocational, business, arts and humanities (cognitive); develop the “balls” in land, water and air and proficiently transporting these in the market for trade using business expertise (psychomotor); lastly, make the “balls” lesser or bigger provided, that the “balls” are attractive to the eyes, tender to the skin and pleasant to the heart (affective).
Seriously speaking the materials needed by the mayor in his lesson plan are Special Education Funds, donations in any form; funds legislated by selfless councilors, voluntary works, funds from the national government and other legal sources. Why legal? The mayor might be tempted to receive funds from other sources other than that lawfully identified, unless he wanted to be lured. Strategies and methods: Socrates’ five wives and a husband: what, why, where, when, who and how well these materials be used.
To get public attention, motivation starts first and itemized as follows: dismantling the illegal structures that are clogging every artery roads leading to the central business district; bringing back parks and historic sites like session road closer to the people; checking sanitations of food establishments and drainage system, inspecting every government contractor’s work and compliance especially those pertaining to public schools.
To do these, he needed to recruit volunteers or appoint dedicated government employees aside from the existing ones to do the motivations. Looking forward for more ambitious accomplishments in his lesson plans are the building of car parks to decongest the narrow city roads; building of world class public market and reduction of crime rates. Most of all he should not forget the undying taxation doctrine from Aesops “do not kill the hen that lays the golden egg.”
Lastly, let me add the words “but gently tap the balls of the rooster that permeated the egg.” And according to my friend Jun Dalog, Mayor Magalong actually belongs to the “kankanaey” tribe. His father keeps on saying “Magaylong, short nan wada.” If translated means “there is no long, I only have short.” That’s why the mayor also likes to give short orders.