Filipinos in Paris

Overseas Filipinos are hailed as modern day heroes. They sacrifice the happiness of relationship and the comforts of home to venture abroad to work, live and provide for the family’s future.

Now, they are even directly contributing to the cause of education and nation-building.

According to Department of Education (DepEd) Secretary Jesli Lapus, the leaders of the Filipino community in Paris have announced their school-building project in the Philippines. They have chosen the Anungan Elementary School in Sibuco, Zamboanga del Norte with 390 students as the school site.

“We in government are humbled by this collective effort of our fellow Filipinos who are literally donating their blood and sweat money because they believe in the Philippines. ‘Para sa bayan’ (for the country’s sake) is a theme that binds us,” said Lapus.

During a recent visit to the project site, the Education chief also gave a briefing on the country’s stimulus package implementation and assured the community that the economy is relatively well in the midst of the global economic slowdown.

This latest school under the DepEd’s “Adopt-A-School” program was initiated by Philippine Ambassador to France Rora Navarro-Tolentino who expressed her gratitude to the Filipinos in attendance and to Secretary Lapus for his leadership in education.

The leaders of over 30 Filipino organizations in Paris have given various statements of support to the project and noted that it will not be the last. They cited the care and concern shown by Ambassador Tolentino, who is on her second stint in the French capital.

The event, with Ambassador Preciosa Soliven as witness, was highlighted by the signing of the deed of donation and the turnover of the ceremonial check.

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