Hip-hop group member to hand over new school building-A A +A
Sunday, September 23, 2012
APL.DE.AP of the famous American rap musical group Black Eyed Peas will return to fulfill a promise he has made during a visit to student survivors of Typhoon Sendong at Balulang Elementary School in Cagayan de Oro City last February 2012.
“I will come back when this school is finished,” Apl.de.ap, a.k.a. Allan Pineda Lindo Jr., said in a talk with reporters and writers after the groundbreaking for the schoolbuilding months ago.
On Tuesday, September 25, Apl.de.ap will formally hand over to the students a newly-completed two-storey, four-classroom schoolbuilding.
Implemented by the Philippine Business for Social Progress (PBSP), the school building project was funded under his “We Can Be Anything” campaign, a partnership between the Ninoy and Cory Aquino Foundation (NCAF).
Cagayan de Oro City was among those badly hit by Typhoon Sendong last year. Several infrastructures, among them schools, were damaged and destroyed by flashfloods triggered by Sendong and also took hundreds of lives.
Apl.de.ap. visited some damaged schools weeks after the deluge and was moved by the extent of damages brought by Typhoon Sendong in Cagayan de Oro City.
The Filipino-American rap icon also listened to stories of survivors and have seen their difficult situation at the evacuation centers in the city.
Through “We Can Be Anything” campaign, Apl.de.Ap hopes to make a difference by improving the lives of poor Filipino children especially in the field of education.
To give apl.de.ap a platform for his advocacy, NCAF appointed him as the special ambassador for education of the iamninoy-iamcory Movement in February 2011.
Apl.de.ap's effort forms part of Bayanihang Pampaaralan (BP) action to help address education concerns in the country.
A private sector-led project, Bayanihang Pampaaralan is an initiative that aims to build new classrooms to reduce classroom backlog in the Philippines.
In 2011, data from the Department of Education revealed a classroom shortage of about 66,800.
Bayanihang Pampaaralan, a campaign initiative under the 57-75 Education Reform Movement, hopes to build 10,000 classrooms to help address the problem. PR
Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on September 23, 2012.