Koji Takahama, founder of the Japanese NGO, Class for Everyone, giving representatives from the different public elementary and secondary schools in the Benguet towns of Tuba and Itogon an overview of the Japanese culture using the internet-ready laptop computers donated by his organization | GLORIA BATAC
Public schools in Tuba, Itogon receive free computers thru Philex
Friday, September 20, 2013
Class for Everyone, a Tokyo-based NGO, sees the need for computers in remote areas
Twelve public elementary and high schools in Tuba and Itogon, which host Philex Mining Corp.•s Padcal mines in Benguet, and a center for non-formal education program in the capital town have received 35 laptop computers from a Japanese nongovernment organization (NGO) through Philex Group Foundation, Inc. (PGFI).
In a speech during the turn over ceremonies held at Padcal on Aug. 20, Libby Ricafort, vice president at Philex Mining and resident manager of Padcal, said the new computers donated by the Tokyo-based Class for Everyone will help the children greatly in their learning, stressing that no child should be left behind by today•s advances in technology.
This activity of Philex Group Foundation is an expression of our company•s social responsibility beyond what is mandated by law,• he added, saying the center for Alternative Learning System (ALS), a ladderized, modular non-formal education program for dropouts of elementary and secondary schools, in La Trinidad is the 13th beneficiary.
Founded by 28-year-old Koji Takahama, Class for Everyone had also helped equip a computer center in the Metro Manila suburb of Taguig City that is being used to teach the indigent community in the area various self-employment skills.
Koji Takahama (3rd, L), founder of the Tokyo-based NGO, Class for Everyone, and Philex Mining Vice President and Padcal Resident Manager Libby Ricafort (4th, R) during the turn over of laptop computers to the different public elementary and secondary schools in the Benguet towns of Tuba and Itogon. With them are Eduardo Aratas (2nd, L), manger for Legal Division at Padcal, Padcal•s manager for Community Relations, Feliciano Diso, Jr. (L), and some schools• representatives | GLORIA BATAC
PGFI, the corporate social responsibility arm of Philex Mining, coordinated the turn over of computers, with Mr. Takahama personally distributing these to representatives of the respective schools, and shouldered their shipment from Japan and the completion of necessary documents.
Mr. Takahama first visited the Philippines in 2006, where he experienced Filipino hospitality•and then thought of giving back something to the Filipinos. He saw the importance of computers in public elementary and high schools, especially in remote areas of the Philippines.
The organization has so far donated 500 laptop computers to beneficiaries, mostly schools and NGOs, in nine countries, including Ghana, Myanmar, Tanzania, Laos, Cambodia, and the Philippines, among others.
The secondary schools that received laptop computers from Class for Everyone included Ampucao National High School, in Brgy. Ampucao, Itogon; and Twin Peaks National High School (Brgy. Twin Peaks) and Evelio Javier National High School (Sitio Piminggan, Brgy. Ansagan), both in Tuba.
In Tuba, the elementary schools that benefited were Ligay Elementary School, in Sito Ligay, Brgy. Camp 1; Sioco CariÃ±o Elementary School, in Sitio Ansagan Proper, Brgy. Ansagan; Piminggan Elementary School, in Sitio Piminggan; and Camp 3 Elementary School, in Sitio Camp 3 Proper, Brgy. Camp 3. The beneficiaries in Itogon were all from Brgy. Ampucao: TAPSAN Elementary School, in Sitio Sais; Lab-ang Elementary School, in Sitio Lab-ang; Manganese Elementary School, in Sitio Manganese; Banget Elementary School, in Sitio Banget; and Ampucao Elementary School, in Sitio Ampucao-Proper.