Eastern Visayas mobilizes funds for construction of sturdy classrooms

The Entire Nation (TEN) Moves!, a social mobilization campaign that aims to raise funds for the construction of 10,000 classrooms all over the Philippines, has reached the Eastern Visayas region, with local launches held in Tacloban City, Leyte, on February 26 and in Catarman, Northern Samar, on February 28.

“Eastern Visayas is one of the [regions] of the Philippines that are most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change,” notes Ayala Foundation Inc. Visayas Manager, Dino Abellanosa. “Through our efforts for TEN Moves!, we are not only helping build classrooms for the region’s schoolchildren, but we are also ensuring that their future is sustainable by building climate-resilient structures that will enable them to learn and perform better in school.”

TEN Moves! partnered with both the public and private sectors, as well as the Roman Catholic Church, in launching the campaign in Tacloban City and Northern Samar through the Diocese in Catarman and the Northern Samar Peace and Development Forum (NSPDF).

The launch in Northern Samar was held during the regular assembly of the Samar Island Partnership for Peace and Development (SIPPAD), a multisectoral initiative that aims to bring more focus and synergy to the various government plans and programs on the island.

“We are very happy to be a part of this laudable undertaking. Samar has long been in the backwaters of development, but through projects like TEN Moves! and the social impact it creates in the entire nation, we are confident that things will be looking up for Samar,” said Bishop Emmanuel Trance of Catarman, who also convenes the NSPDF.

Other TEN Moves! partners in the areas were the Department of Education Region VIII, local government units, and Mitsubishi Corporation.

Kazumasa Sakakura, corporate division manager for Mitsubishi Corporation, said: “It is our sincerest hope that MC’s modest contribution will go a long way in achieving the objectives of TEN Moves! Please remember that whatever action we make, even if it is ‘little,’ has an impact on the world we live in.”

Meanwhile, Dr. Gorgonio Diaz Jr., DepEd assistant schools division superintendent and officer in charge of Tacloban City Division, had this to say: “We consider TEN Moves! a viable undertaking where people from all walks of life gather together and forge a strong partnership for a noble cause– education for all. TEN Moves! serves the beacon of hope that will respond to the problem on scarcity of classroom of our public elementary and secondary schools in Tacloban City Division.”

As for TEN Moves! Leyte volunteer Jose Victor Navarro, he said: “TEN Moves! is an initiative that will strengthen our educational base within Eastern Visayas. We are blessed to have his collaboration with the Department of Education, Ayala Foundation, and other members of the private sector.”

Since its launch to the public in October 2011, a total of PhP49 million has been raised (in cash and in kind, as well as pledges), while a total of 1,277 classrooms have been built under Bayanihang Pampaaralan, the mother campaign of TEN Moves! The campaign has also worked to prioritize the construction of classrooms in typhoon-ravaged areas, including Cagayan de Oro and Iligan City, which were affected by Typhoon Sendong (Washi), and more recently, Davao Oriental and Compostela Valley, which were affected by Typhoon Pablo (Bopha).

Incidentally, TEN Moves! received an Anvil Award of Merit for a public relations program in education/literacy on a sustained basis. The award was given on March 6 by the Public Relations Society of the Philippines.

Interested donors are encouraged to donate PhP300 a month for 10 months to help build the construction of 10,000 classrooms under TEN Moves.

To learn more about TEN Moves, visit tenmoves.org or e-mail us atinfo@tenmoves.org.

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