Japan turns over classrooms to Davao del Norte

Subscribe Now May 13, 2019 at 07:23am

Second Secretary Atsushi Kobayashi of the Embassy of Japan attended the turnover ceremonies for the construction of classrooms for Del Pilar Elementary School in New Corella, Davao del Norte on May 7.

The project was approved in 2016 and is part of Japan’s Official Development Assistance (ODA) through the Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects (GGP). Regional Director Alberto Escobarte of the Department of Education Region 11, and Schools Division Superintendent Josephine Fadul of Davao del Norte also graced the turnover ceremony.

Every year, enrollment in Del Pilar Elementary School has been increasing. Due to the limited capacity of the municipality to construct new classrooms, there is congestion in the existing school buildings. This limitation forced the school to utilize existing dilapidated classrooms to conduct classes for the students.

In line with the Japan-Bangsamoro Initiatives for Reconstruction and Development, and through the GGP, the Embassy of Japan provided assistance to the local government unit of New Corella with a grant amounting to $77,991 or approximately P3.2 million to address the shortage of classrooms in Del Pilar Elementary School. The grant covered the construction of four units of classrooms with the necessary school amenities that will directly benefit more than 650 students in the municipality.

The government of Japan, as the top ODA donor for the Philippines, launched the Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects in the Philippines in 1989 for the purpose of reducing poverty and helping various communities engage in grassroots activities. At present, 543 grassroots projects have been implemented by the GGP. Japan believes that these projects will not only strengthen the friendship between the peoples of Japan and the Philippines but also contribute in sustaining the strategic partnership between the two countries.

Source: manilatimes.net

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