TEN Moves that will make a difference.

Filipinos Challenged to Mobilize Resources for Classrooms to be Built Nationwide

Last October 14 was the the TEN moves was launched. This movement was the call to action and a challenge to the Filipino people in mobilizing resources to put up 10,000 classrooms in the next ten month. Impossible? No, it is possible. The program calls for Filipinos to contribute ten pesos each day for ten months, or a total of three thousand pesos, for the construction of 10,000 more classrooms in two years.

To give everyone a background, TEN Moves is an initiative spearheaded by the 57-75 Movement, led by the League of Corporate Foundations (LCF) and the Philippine Business for Social Progress (PBSP), and in partnership with the Department of Education (DepEd).

As the Department of Education estimates that we shall be having a shortage of approximately 66 thousand classroom in that country. But among the priority areas, the places who has the greatest need are Pangasinan, Isabela, Batangas, Quezon, Palawan, Camarines Sur, Iloilo, Negros Occidental, Negros Oriental, Cebu, Bohol, Leyte, Zamboanga del Sur, and North Cotabato. 

We all know that aside from the shortage of classrooms they also have a decrease in participation among elementary and high school students. Increase in drop-out rates and poor performance of students. But even with the government resources it is still not enough, that is why the movement was also made to achieve a shared goal of enhancing the state of Philippine basic education, by addressing the need for more classrooms. 

“We are calling on all Filipinos to work with us in bridging resource gaps, especially the task of addressing the classroom shortage, which is a critical step in providing enhanced opportunities for millions of Filipino children”, shares Education Secretary Bro. Armin Luistro, FSC.

The campaign has now gathers Php 2.5 million in donations through individuals and other corporate pledges. “The government needs our support in implementing reforms in the education sector,” notes LCF trustee and past president Cecile Alcantara. 

“We recognize that the private sector is in a unique position to help in this cause by providing specific institutional and resource mobilization capabilities,” notes PBSP executive director Rapa Lopa. “We also understand that there is untapped potential among ordinary citizens, and it is our goal to engage them in providing our children with the resources they deserve.”

The campaign’s name is not just a reminder of the small amount that each Filipino can contribute daily, but it is also a call for “The Entire Nation” to move and contribute resources to address one of the most critical challenges facing our Education sector.

So you ask how do we contribute? There are many ways... Through bank deposits to any BPI, BDO or UnionBank branches. You may also do online donations via credit card at the TEN Moves website at www.tenmoves.org and also via mobile through G-Cash. There will be more way and channels where you can donate as the campaign progresses.

Spread the word and let us make this happen. As the organizers of TEN Moves, “When we combine individual efforts, the impact that we can make toward enhancing education opportunities for millions of Filipino schoolchildren can be tremendous,” states LCF education committee chairperson Mario Deriquito.

For more information on TEN Moves and on the ways to support the advocacy, please visit www.tenmoves.org.
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