THE Embassy of Japan led the turnover ceremony of its funded project for the construction of classrooms for Sulon National High School in Sultan Mastura, Maguindanao on June 20.
Sulon National High School was burned in 1972 due to armed conflict in the area. As there were no secondary schools nearby, the school was re-opened in 2013 with the background of the improvement in the peace and order in the area.
However, the available facilities are a makeshift classroom and a borrowing classroom from neighboring elementary school only. Therefore, the school could not accommodate all the prospective students.
In 2014, under the Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects (GGP), the Embassy of Japan provided assistance to the municipal government of Sultan Mastura amounting to USD 114,790 or approximately P5.1 million for the construction of six new classrooms with school furniture and two toilet buildings.
Through the project, the Japan Embassy hopes to provide not only conducive and safe learning environment but also a school that is easily accessible to students in the area.
To date, there are 519 grassroots projects that have been funded under the GGP by the Government of Japan.
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Japan First Secretary Kenji Terada led the turnover ceremony of two projects in the province of Benguet on June 21.
“The Project for the Construction of Biodegradable Waste Composting for Environment Conservation and Farmland Soil Enrichment in the Municipality of Buguias” and “The Project for Construction of Food Processing Center in La Trinidad” are part of the Japan’s Official Development Assistance (ODA) under the Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects (GGP).
In 2015, the Embassy of Japan (EOJ) provided assistance to the local government unit of Buguias amounting to USD 91,599 or approximately P3.84-million for the construction of an aerated biodegradable waste composting facility that will transform biodegradable waste products into organic fertilizers.
It is expected that around 38,000 farmers of the municipality will benefit from this project.
Meanwhile in 2011, the EOJ provided assistance amounting to USD 107,806 or approximately P4.7-million for the construction of a food processing center that will utilize and provide value adding activities to locally available crops in the area.
This facility will improve the transportation and marketing of strawberry jams to other parts of the country. The implementation of this project is expected to benefit the 900 farmers in La Trinidad and nearby municipalities through the expansion of markets and the generation of around 200 employment every year.