First Secretary and Labour Attaché Hiroyuki Enoki led the turnover ceremony for “The Project for the Reconstruction of Six Classroom Building for Calintaan Central Elementary School” on July 27 in the municipality of Calintaan, Occidental Mindoro.
The project is part of the Japan Official Development Assistance (ODA) under the Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects (GGP).
The ceremony was also attended by Mayor Lily Estoya of Calintaan, Ferdinand Gotoy, district supervisor of the Department of Education, Domingo Llavan, principal of Calintaan Central Elementary School, officials from the local government unit, and students and parents of the said school.
The aftermath of Typhoon Ondoy caused destruction of six classrooms in Calintaan Central Elementary School. As a means to recover, the school initially constructed makeshift classrooms to compensate its needs, but after three years it became dilapidated and not safe for the use of the students.
In 2013, the Embassy of Japan donated P.17 million, which was used for the replacement of six classrooms. Part of the assistance provided is the construction of toilet for each classroom and procurement of 18 blackboards, six sets of tables, chairs for teachers and 300 units of armchairs for students. Through this project, the embassy hoped to provide conducive and safe learning environment to around 600 students of Calintaan Central Elementary School.
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 engaged in grassroots activities.
At present, 512 grassroots projects have been implemented by GGP. Japan believes that this project will not only strengthen the friendship between the peoples of Japan and the Philippines but also contribute to further fostering a strategic partnership between Japan and the Philippines toward the future.