Labor and Employment Secretary Patricia a. Sto. Tomas said Filipinos based in the United States are actively supporting the Department’s Classroom Galing sa Mamamayang Pilipino Abroad (CGMA) projectas she cited the 177 confirmed pledges received last year by the Philippine Overseas Labor Office in Washington, D.C. (POLO-WDC).

Labor Attache Arturo Sodusta of the POLO-WDC reported to Sto. Tomas that they are working to raise enough funds to finance the construction of 50 classrooms in 2005. “Last year, Filipinos, Filipino-Americans, and Filipino organizations based in the US were among the most active supporters of our donate-a-classroom or CGMA project,” Sto. Tomas said.

Launched in 2003, the program has constructed and donated some 95 classrooms to various schools nationwide. Another 150 of the seven-by-seven meter classrooms are currently being constructed. The program, Sto. Tomas said, addresses shortage of classrooms and generates jobs in the countryside.

Nationwide, the beneficiary schools of the classrooms built and donated 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 National High School; (Region 3) Bulac National High School, Capas National 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 National High School, Lagundi Elem. School, Bunducan Elem. School; (Region 4A) Naic National High School, Isabang Elem. School, Baclaran Elem. School (Cabuyao, Laguna), Binan National High School, Paaralang Pag-Ibig at Pag-Asa, San Lucas II Elem. School, San Pedro National High School, Bagbag Elem. School; (Region 4B) Bulbugan National High School; (Region 5) Gubat National High School; (Region 6) Victorias National High School, Education and Training Center School III, Jamindan National High School, Serafin Golez Primary School; (Region 7) Mohon Elem. School, Dumanjug National High School; (Region 12) Poblacion Polomolok National 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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