Japanese Embassy in Manila Second Secretary Takuhiro Watanabe attended three turnover ceremonies on November 17 in Pagalungan, Maguindanao as part of Japan’s Official Development Assistance (ODA) under the Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects (GGP)1.
One of conflict affected areas in the province of Maguindanao, Pagalungan is also often flooded during rainy season, making students hold classes in dilapidated and makeshift classrooms. The Embassy of Japan (EOJ) decided to support the municipality through the Japan-Bangsamoro Initiatives for Reconstruction and Development (J-BIRD) 2 by funding the projects with total cost of US$346,275 or approximately P14.5 million.
The Project for the Construction and Repair of Classroom Building of Dataya Elementary School was implemented by the Muslim Youth Religious Organization, Incorporated in 2012, consisting of the construction of six classrooms equipped with 550 armchairs, 11 blackboards and 11 sets of teacher’s tables and chairs.
The Project for the Construction of a Classroom School Building for Upper Bagoinged Elementary School was implemented by the Bangsamoro Development and Resource Center, Incorporated in 2013, including the construction of six classrooms equipped with 300 armchairs, six blackboards and six sets of teacher’s tables and chairs
The Project for the Construction of Classrooms for Sapakan Elementary School was implemented by the Municipality of Pagalungan in 2014, including the provision of six classrooms equipped with 300 armchairs and six blackboards.
The EOJ hopes that the provided assistance would improve the learning environment of children, who in turn, would play an important role in the achievement of peace and development in Mindanao.
The ceremonies were also attended by Major General Datuk Wira Zambrose Bin Mohd Zain, Head of Mission of the International Monitoring Team (IMT); Samer Ampatuan Al-Hadj, Pagalungan District Supervisor, Department of Education; officials from the Municipality of Pagalungan as well as the respective proponent and principals of each school.