The government of Japan turned over two reconstructed workshop buildings of Balangiga National Agricultural School, two reconstructed school building of Camire Elementary School, and a paved access road to Dulag Slaughterhouse in ceremonies held on February 16 and 17 in the Municipality of Balangiga, Eastern Samar and the Municipalities of Tanauan and Dulag, Leyte.
The turned over establishments were part o the the Japan-funded Quick Impact Projects under the Urgent Development Study on the Project on Rehabilitation and Recovery from Typhoon Yolanda.
Hiroyuki Enoki, First Secretary of the Embassy of Japan, attended the ceremonies.
The Balangiga National Agricultural School workshop buildings turnover ceremony was also attended by TESDA Secretary General Irene Isaac, TESDA Region 8 Director Cleta Omega, and Mayor Viscuso de Lira of Balangiga.
On the other hand, the Camire Elementary School classroom buildings turnover ceremony was graced by the TESDA Leyte Provincial Director Loreta Banario.
Lastly, present at the turnover ceremony for the paved access road to Dulag Slaughterhouse was Dulag Municipality Councilor Vicente Petilos Jr.
In each ceremony, the representatives of the recipients expressed their deepest appreciation. The turned over workshop buildings at the Balangiga National Agricultural School and classroom buildings at the Camire Elementary School have been reconstructed as buildings with disaster resilience.
Through the reconstruction, local engineers obtained disaster resilient construction technologies.
Through the pavement of the access road, the function of the slaughterhouse, which was also previously reconstructed through the Quick Impact Project, has been upgraded and the municipal capacity for disaster-resilient construction management has been improved.
Japan, as the top ODA donor to the Philippines as well as a disaster-prone country itself, has supported the Philippines’ disaster mitigation efforts by sharing its experiences and lessons learned from past natural disasters.
This project, with its policy of “Build Back Better,” is expected to further foster the strategic partnership between the two countries and serve as a model for other disaster-prone areas of the Philippines.