A turnover ceremony was held on March 3, 2017 for “The Project for the Construction of Classrooms and a Training Room for Tagbilaran City Central SPED Center.” The ceremony was attended by Mr. Hiroyuki Enoki, First Secretary of the Embassy of Japan; Mr. Matthew Nemenzo, Chief of Staff, Office of the Mayor of Tagbilaran City; Dr. Marcelo Palispis, Assistant superintendent of Tagbilaran City Schools Division, Department of Education; and other guests from the Local Government Unit (LGU) of Tagbilaran City including the students and parents of the said school.
Tagbilaran City Central School SPED Center is the lone public school in the city which is offering special education for children with special needs. Due to the increase of enrollees, the number of classrooms is not enough to accommodate all the students and the center had to borrow classrooms from neighboring schools.
In 2013, under the Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects (GGP), the Embassy of Japan provided assistance to the Tagbilaran City Central School SPED Center amounting to Ninety Nine Thousand and Nine Hundred Twenty Seven Dollars (US$ 99,927) or approximately Php 4 million pesos for the construction of one storey, five (5) classrooms building and a training room. Through this project, the Embassy hopes to provide a conducive learning environment to around 470 students of this 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. To date, there are 520 grassroots projects that have been funded by GGP.