February 25, 2024

■  Ofelia C. Empian 

More partnerships are being eyed by the Cordillera Golfers Foundation, Inc. (CGFI) with the Department of Education-Cordillera to benefit marginalized learners in the region. 

CGFI Corporate Secretary, Atty. Mario Quadra, who represented the group during the 2023 Stakeholders Convergence, said the foundation is considering DepEd as its beneficiary in its upcoming golf tournaments.

HONORED — For donating P2.4 million to eight Schools Division Offices of the Department of Education-Cordillera from the proceeds of its maiden tournament last May, the DepEd-Cordillera led by Director Estela Cariño honored the Cordillera Golfers Foundation, Inc. represented by Atty. Mario Quadra with a plaque of appreciation during the 2023 Stakeholders Convergence in La Trinidad, Benguet on Dec. 6. — Ofelia Empian

He said the proposal is already with the CGFI board of directors. 

“Hopefully and we will pray that the board will approve this so from the proceeds of the second tournament we will pitch in for the programs of the DepEd,” Quadra said.  

The second CGFI Invitational Tournament is set April 2 to 6, 2024 at the Camp John Hay, Baguio Country Club, and Pinewoods Golf & Country Club.

CGFI was among the private organizations recognized by DepEd-Cordillera during the Stakeholders Convergence on Dec. 6 for their contributions to marginalized learners and far-flung schools in the Cordillera.

Earlier, the CGFI turned over seven high-end laptops to integrated schools in Sinapangan Elementary School in Bangued, Abra during the provincial Brigada kickoff rites. 

Sinapangan ES was severely affected by flashflood during Typhoon Egay in July damaging all school properties and electronic gadgets.

CGFI also provided P300,000 each to the seven schools divisions of DepEd-Cordillera, aside from its assistance to specific schools in the region like gadgets and/or construction materials.  

Established this year, among the CGFI incorporators are Apayao Gov. Elias Bulut, Jr.; Kalinga Rep. Jesse Allen Mangaoang; Benguet Vice Gov. Ericson Felipe; and Kabayan, Benguet Mayor Florante Bantales.