Ayala joins 10 Moves campaign in Davao-A A +A
Sunday, November 18, 2012
SINCE its inception, the social mobilization campaign The Entire Nation Moves! (TEN Moves!), which seeks to address the classroom backlog in the Philippines by building 10,000 classrooms, has inspired corporations, schools, organizations, and local governments to make this crucial investment in the education of children across the country.
The cities of Davao and Tagum, Davao del Sur and Davao del Norte’s hubs of commerce and trade, are the latest to join the TEN Moves! Campaign as they move to improve Philippine education.
TEN Movers in Davao City initially pledged two classrooms, while those in Tagum City have gathered P250,000 in donations and pledges, through local organizations, corporations, schools, and other partners.
For Alan Banico, president of Ayala Business Club—Davao, one of the prime movers for TEN Moves in Davao City, every citizen’s contribution to the campaign is an opportunity to improve the current condition of public schools in the country, and to ensure that Filipino children will be educated in spaces more conducive for learning.
“Through TEN Moves!, every Filipino can take part in upgrading our public schools.” Banico said. “With every new classroom, we provide more students with environments where they have enough space to share with their fellow students, and where they can focus on their studies and really take in new concepts or ideas.”
Mallette Padlan, the lead organizer of TEN Moves in Tagum City, the private sector’s support for the campaign is crucial, and could be the key to eradicating one of the country’s long-standing problems.
“The backlog in classrooms has been a need that our government has been working very hard to fulfill,” says Padlan. “With TEN Moves, ordinary citizens are provided with an opportunity to work with the government in resolving this problem, as the future of the children is everybody’s concern.”
Mario Deriquito, Senior Director of the Ayala Foundation and one of the primary movers of TEN Moves, the launch of TEN Moves! in these two key cities marks a new chapter in the campaign, where organizations are taking the initiative to drive change in their respective communities.
“With the launch of TEN Moves in Davao City and Tagum City, we hope to expand the campaign’s reach in Mindanao,” Deriquito said. “We hope to engage more organizations to take on this project and adopt this as their own.”
“Through the efforts of Davao City and Tagum City, more schoolchildren will enjoy new classrooms. We hope that their example would inspire the rest of the Philippines to start their own local campaigns and take a more active role in improving the current state of Philippine education,” he said.
Interested donors are encouraged to donate P300 a month for 10 months to help build the construction of 10,000 classrooms under TEN Moves. To learn more about TEN M, please visit www.tenmoves.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on November 18, 2012.