Mining to help improve learning PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 17 September 2011 15:19

The country’s biggest umbrella organization of mining companies signed yesterday a memorandum of understanding with the Department of Education to help bridge educational resource gaps in public schools.

Education Secretary Armin Luistro said that after the MOU, individual member-companies of Chamber of Mines of the Philippines (CMP) will sign with DepEd separate memorandum of agreements detailing the kind of assistance they will extend to public schools.

“This is a welcome development as we need all the help that we could muster to make quality education really accessible to as many Filipinos,” added Luistro.

CMP president Benjamin Philip Romualdez said that CMP already has 14 member companies that have been extending assistance for various projects that benefit kindergarten, elementary and high school since 2000.

“Our member companies in the minerals development industry have been supporting education initiatives under the industry’s Social Development and Management Plan (SDMP) as well as corporate social responsibility program,” Romualdez explained.

In view of this, Deped and CMP agreed to launch the “Minahan para sa Karunungan at Kinabukasan” campaign to encourage corporate and individual members of CMP as well as their business partners to contribute any form of assistance to DepEd’s programs and projects.   It also seeks to persuade the CMP member-companies to include in the campaign all the SDMP-initiated projects that support kindergarten up to high school students in areas where they operate.

The beneficiaries of CMP’s assistance will be coursed through DepEd. The final choices of public school beneficiaries shall be coordinated with DepEd.

“We will take into consideration the priority needs of the school and it could be power, learning tools, infrastructure, security, etc,” said Luistro.