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A statistics major, Leticia Subang spent the first 10 years of her professional career as an economic reporter covering for the Philippines' leading business paper. She later opted to become a free lance writer while working for her Masters Degree in Development Management. In the next ten years, she worked for a number of leading government agencies - the National Power Corporation, Public Estates Authority, Departments of Trade and Industry, Agriculture, Labor and Employment, and Energy.

Friday, January 13, 2006

Malaysian foundation supports CGMA

Some CGMA funds came from unexpected sources.

People in Profit Systems (PIPS) and Isabellamina Foundation, based in Malaysia and headed by Bryan Marsden, contributed $100,000. These groups are linked with the World Council of People for the United Nations, says Leo van Vogel, vice president for Asian operations.

Coordinating with Labor Attache Ma. Brenda L. Villafuerte, PIPS/Isabellamina financed 25 classrooms for 15 schools in different regions. They are:

* Jose P. Laurel St. High School in Quezon City.
* Sta. Maria, Eliseo Belen and Tagulod Elementary Schools and San Roque National High Schools in Pampanga.
* Mapalacsiao and Victoria East Central Elementary Schools in Tarlac.
* Lamao Elementary School in Bataan.
* Baquilan Resettlement Elementary School in Zambales.
* Dasmarinas Bagong Bayan Elementary School in Cavite.
* Lanatan-M Elementary School and Paharang National High School in Batangas.
* Infanta Central and Dinahican Elementary Schools in Quezon and
* Pili West Central School in Camarines Sur.

“We, the Sta. Maria Elementary School teachers, pupils, PTCA officers, homeroom officers and parents, have considered ourselves lucky for our prayers have been answered. Our dreams to have classrooms came true,” says principal Constancia M. Lagazon. “Our people were so happy when our donors, Leo van Vogel, Bryan Marsden and his wife, came for the groundbreaking. We will treasure and take good care of our CGMA building. We will always remember your good deeds.”

Sta. Maria barangay captain Florentino Infante adds: “The children are more inspired and interested in attending their classes, they feel more at ease and comfortable, they are no longer crowded in their rooms.”

Mercedita B. Panes, principal of Baquilan Resettlement Elementary School says the new rooms have made the school environment more comfortable and conducive for learning. “The 18 personnel, the 664 pupils and the whole community are very grateful,” she says.

“Education is the surest path to success and progress and I have great respect for the emphasis you are all placing on this issue,” says van Vogel, protector of Isabellamina Foundation, in his letter to Secretary Sto. Tomas. Van Vogel’s foundation is CGMA’s second biggest donor next to AMOSUP, having sponsored 25 classrooms.

“Your organization is by far the most professional entity with which I have worked since coming to Asia in 1992,” adds van Vogel.



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