The CGMA Project Management Team of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) today warned that it has not given permission to any person or entity, other than those with the official authorization, to solicit funds for the highly successful endeavor that continues to address classroom shortages in schools nationwide.

In a report reaching Labor and Employment Secretary Patricia A. Sto. Tomas, Labor Undersecretary for Labor Relations and CGMA Program Focal Person Manuel G. Imson said the warning is issued primarily “to protect the many donors and would-be donors of classrooms, including Filipino organizations and individuals abroad, foreign philanthropic organizations, and domestic corporate donors to the noble project.”

Imson added that the warning is given in view of reports lately that unscrupulous persons are using the project to victimize and bilk prospective donors of their money. The modus operandi involves sending bogus letters of solicitation to the prospective donors, which, the DOLE CGMA Project Team emphasized, do not in any way carry the proper authority to solicit funds.

The Undersecretary made it clear that by virtue of the agreement forged by the DOLE and its CGMA project co-partners, only the following are authorized to solicit and receive donations to the CGMA Project: 1) The CGMA Management Team Office at DOLE; 2) DOLE Regional Offices; and 3) the Philippine Overseas Labor Offices (POLO) in coordination with Philippine Missions abroad.

The DOLE’s co-partners in the CGMA project are the Departments of Foreign Affairs (DFA), Education (DepEd), the Federation of Filipino-Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc. (FFCCCII). Secretary Sto. Tomas also pushed for a trusteeship agreement between the CGMA and the Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP) which ensures integrity and the ethical management of the Funds.

“The integrity and ethical management on which it stands honors not only the Filipino human resources but also the OFWs, their employers, and other magnanimous participants to the CGMA Project,” Imson said.

Imson further made it clear that only the FFCCCII is in charge of the actual construction of the quality, 7 x 7 meter classrooms, thus generating employment using local Filipino labor and construction expertise.

The non-profit CGMA, or the DOLE’s Donate-A-Classroom Project, is an acronym that stands for Classroom Galing sa Mamamayang Pilipino Abroad.

CGMA Project Manager Elena L. Calingasan said that to-date, a total of 250 classrooms have been donated to the CGMA Project by various donors overseas and at home. Based on a ratio of at least 50 students to each classroom, the 250 classrooms will benefit some 12,500 pupils or more nationwide who would otherwise be sharing overcrowded classrooms or forced to take their lessons in courtyards, in grass lawns, or under trees.

Calingasan indicated that more donors are pledging, and thus more results are expected as the project goes forward.

Nationwide, the beneficiary schools of the classrooms so far built are the following:
(The NCR) Tala High School, Rizal Experimental School & Pilot School of Cottage Industry (RESPSCI), Camarin D Elementary School, Tangos 1 Elementary School; (CAR) Hapid National High School, Baguio Nat’l High School; (Region 3) Bulac Nat’l High School, Capas Nat’l High School, Sto. Domingo Elem. School, Marcelo H. Del Pilar High School, Dau Central Elem. School, San Nicolas Elem. School, Cabcaben Elem. School, Sta. Isabel Elem. School, Aliaga Nat’l High School, Lagundi Elem. School, Bunducan Elem. School; (Region 4A) Naic Nat’l High School, Isabang Elem. School, Baclaran Elem. School (Cabuyao, Laguna), Biñan Nat’l High School, Paaralang Pag-Ibig at Pag-Asa, San Lucas II Elem. School, San Pedro Nat’l High School, Bagbag Elem. School; (Region 4B) Bulbugan Nat’l High School; (Region 5) Gubat Nat’l High School; (Region 6) Victorias Nat’l High School, Education and Training Center School III, Jamindan Nat’l High School, Serafin Golez Primary School; (Region 7) Mohon Elem. School, Dumanjug Nat’l High School; (Region 12) Poblacion Polomolok Nat’l High School, Kamanga Elem. School, Koronadal NCHS, Dalipe Elem. School, Inug-ug Elem. School; (Caraga) Cagniog Elem. School, and Silad Elem. School.

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