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ZAMBOANGA CITY/11 July 2012 by Vic Larato—The Confederation of Filipino Associations of Flanders (COFAF) awarded a two-classroom building to Mulu-muluan Elementary School in Mercedes
COFAF, an alliance of all Filipino groups residing in Belgium, formally turned over the school building yesterday in ceremonies through its president Dr. Minabelle Siason.
Mayor Celso Lobregat expressed all out gratitude to COFAF for the generosity and for helping promote the welfare of students and helping ensure a better future for the youth sector.
He stressed that the project complements the city government’s goal of helping DepEd address the classroom shortage through the construction of school buildings and other education-related projects.
The project, costing approximately $10,000 or a little over P400, 000 is a joint undertaking of the COFAF, Department of Labor and Employment, Filipino Chinese Chamber of Commerce, Inc., Department of Education and various other agencies.
Siason said the project is intended for the communities chosen by any member of the organization who helped in selling lottery tickets as such is the major source of funds for any undertaking.
In the case of Mulu-Muluan Elementary School, Siason said being a Zamboangueña she chose the school to be beneficiary of their 2011 project, for which she had to sell 5,000 lottery tickets worth US10,000 for the two-classroom building.
Siason revealed that the COFAF, created in 2005, has a two-pronged mission, one of which is family-oriented goal and the other is helping promote the welfare of Filipino youth in the Philippines and Belgium.
“It is our fervent wish that this classroom will continue to serve more generations and produce first class students because they are our country’s future”, the COFAF president added.
The school building program forms part of COFAF’s youth in action program and since its existence, the group has already implemented 4 sets of two classroom buildings—in Bohol in 2008; in Siay, Sibugay in 2010, in Cebu and Mulu-muluan in Zamboanga in 201. For 2012, the project will be implemented in General Santos City.
Witnesses to the turn-over included DOLE Regional Director Sisinio Cano, Filipino Chinese Chamber of Commerce , Inc. (FCCI) president Eduardo Chua (represented by Richard Chan), Mercedes Chairperson Purificacion Delgado, DepEd representative Simplicio Bazan, Mulu-muluan Elementary School principal Teresita Bulahan and School PTA President Jason Apalad. (Vic T. Larato)
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