The Embassy of Japan has conducted a turn over ceremony for their construction of classrooms project at Dumadalig Integrated School in Tantangan, South Cotabato on November 24.
The ceremony was attended by Hiroyuki Enoki, First Secretary and Labour Attaché of the Embassy of Japan (EOJ), provincial government officials of South Cotabato represented by Governor Daisy Avance-Fuentes and Vice Governor Vicente De Jesus, and Vice Mayor Time Joy Torres-Gonzales of Municipality of Tantangan.
The teachers, students and parents of the said school also joined the event. This Project is part of Japan’s Official Development Assistance (ODA) under the Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects (GGP).
Dumadalig Integrated School is a public school in the province of South Cotabato which had congested classrooms. In order to accommodate all the students, the school was conducting two classes in a single room while others were occupying a gym as a classroom. This situation forced the students to study under poor learning environment.
To address this problem, the Embassy of Japan decided to support the provincial government of South Cotabato through the Japan-Bangsamoro Initiatives for Reconstruction and Development (J-BIRD) with the grant amounting to US$ 97,334 or approximately P4 million last 2015.
This grant covered construction of three units of two-classroom buildings with attached toilets as well as school furniture for Dumadalig Integrated School. This project aims to provide safe and proper learning environment for the benefits of around 700 pupils of this school. The EOJ hopes that improving the learning environment of children would also play an important role in the achievement of peace and development in Mindanao.