Filipinos in Australia support DepEd's "TEN Moves!" program

November 4, 2011 10:02 pm 

MANILA, Nov. 4 — Filipinos in Australia have expressed support for the Department of Education's "TEN Moves!" program seeking to raise funds to build 10,000 public school classrooms in the Philippines.

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said DepEd Secretary Armin Luistro sought support for the program while he was on a visit to Sydney from October 18 and 19.

Luistro's visit was sponsored by the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID). Aside from Sydney, Luistro's delegation also visited Canberra and Melbourne.

During his visit, he told participants at a forum about the DepEd's K+12 Basic Education Program which aims to enhance quality basic education in the Philippines.

The DFA said several Filipino community associations and leaders expressed their support for the program.

In an earlier news release, the DFA said Filipinos in the United States are supporting the Philippines' "TEN Moves!" program.

"Its main strategy is to get two million people to donate P10 per day for 10 months. It is hoped to be supported widely by Filipinos and non-Filipinos working together to address an urgent problem of the country, thus, the name 'TEN Moves!' which also means 'The Entire Nation Moves!'" the DFA said.

According to the "TEN Moves!" website, Philippine public schools lack 66,800 classrooms.

The target of "TEN Moves!" is to raise P6 billion until October 10, 2012 to build 10,000 classrooms. It hopes to complete the classrooms by April 2013.

Based on the DepEd's standard design and cost estimates, a 7-meter by 9-meter classroom costs an average of P600,000.

"TEN Moves!" is a project of the 57-75 Education Reform Movement, which also launched the Bayanihang Pampaaralan campaign. (PNA) scs/FPV

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