Tuesday, 14 August 2012 13:52
Many were surprised and caught unprepared when Typhoon Sendong hit the cities of Cagayan de Oro and Iligan. The deluge destroyed vital infrastructures, sources of livelihood, not to mention precious lives lost in the tragedy.
However, Sendong failed to extinguish people’s hope and determination of moving on. After the series of relief operations has been launched, rehabilitation efforts commenced. Damaged schools have been repaired while new classrooms were built. In Indahag National High School, Cagayan de Oro city, a 2-storey, 4 classrooms school building is about to be finished.
TEN Moves! (The Entire Nation Moves) and various donors built the school in Indahag to accommodate additional students displaced by Typhoon Sendong. In Balulang Elementary School, Sendong’s ground zero in Cagayan de Oro, another 2-storey 4 classrooms school building is ongoing construction. The new school building is being funded by Filipino-American rap icon Apl.de.ap through his “We Can Be Anything Campaign” and the Ninoy & Cory Aquino Foundation (NCAF); both are active partners of TEN Moves.
TEN Moves will also conduct a groundbreaking for 2-storey 4 classroom school building at Angelico Medina Memorial Elementary School in Iligan City. CLSA, a US-based company will fund the new school building. A campaign to raise enough resources to build 10,000 classrooms all over the Philippines, TEN Moves’ main strategy is to involve 2 million people to donate PhP10 per day for 10 months. The target is to raise PhP6Billion by October 2012 to build the 10,000 classrooms.
The classroom construction effort of TEN Moves is being implemented by the Philippine Business for Social Progress (PBSP) in Cagayan de Oro City and Iligan City respectively. TEN Moves is part of Bayanihang Pampaaralan of the 57-75 Education Reform Movement, an alliance of organizations composed of the: PBSP, Ateneo Center for Educational Development (ACED), Eugenia Apostol Foundation, League of Corporate Foundations (LCF), Philippine Business for Education (PBEd) and Synergia Foundation.
TEN Moves’ fundraising campaign is being managed by Ayala Foundation, Inc. (AFI), and will turn over all donations to PBSP, who will oversee the implementation of classroom construction on behalf of the 57-75 Education Reform Movement.
By Danny Escabarte
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