Gov. Miguel Rene Dominguez
An education reform advocate, Gov. Miguel Rene Dominguez has worked to lift the quality of education in Sarangani province. He has helped establish 113 new schools using funding from partners in the private sector, and launched the Quality Education for Sarangani Today program to boost children’s access to quality education.
Marshaling his ability to draw support and grants from corporate entities and donor countries, Dominguez made education, or providing opportunities to have access to education, his priority. From being the bottom dweller in the National Achievement Test for elementary and high school in 2006, Sarangani became Region 12’s best performer by 2011.
Apart from improving the quality of education and students in his province, Dominguez worked to boost the justice system in Sarangani. He launched the Justice Enhancement and Empowerment Program, an enhanced community-based conflict resolution system that aims to reduce the number of cases sent to court. JEEP was able to decongest provincial jails 50 percent, and fast-tracked the resolution of several pending cases through Justice on Wheels, a bus that was converted into a mobile trial court and went around municipalities.
Dominguez also crafted a comprehensive peace and development program for Kalinaw Sarangani, a community-based conflict management initiative run by local volunteers.