Iloilo City government has committed P10 million for the construction of classrooms in the city under the TEN Moves campaign, a private sector initiative that aims to raise fund for the construction of 10,000 classrooms all throughout the country.
The P10-million fund will come from the P40 million pledge of the city government under Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog and office of Iloilo City Representative Jerry P. Treñas to the campaign.
The remaining amount will be used for the repair and rehabilitation and construction of multi-purpose hall and library, according to City Executive Assistant for Education Ma. Mathilde T. Octavio.
This was disclosed here Tuesday during the launching of the TEN Moves campaign, the first community launch to be led by a local government unit. A ceremonial turnover was held to highlight the activity.
Mario Derequito, senior director of the Ayala Foundation Inc and co-convenor of the 57-75 where TEN Moves is of one the initiatives, said that as much as possible they would like to spend the amount that will be raised by the locality in responding to the classroom shortage right in the area.
Any excess amount will be utilized in other localities.
Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog said that there is a shortage of about 63 classrooms in the city to include 19 classrooms in the secondary; 12 in the elementary and 32 for kinder classrooms.
“We are very much aware of the impact of an educated and productive citizenry in fighting poverty and pushing our united struggle towards pursuit for peace and progress. I am now calling all our Ilonggo citizens to support this program,” he added.
The TEN Moves campaign encourages individuals or organizations to share at least P10/day or P300/month for 10 months to help build classrooms. (Source: PNA)