Japanese Ambassador Koji Haneda signed 5 grant contracts at the Embassy of Japan (EOJ), Pasay City on December 13, 2017 between each representative of respective recipient for various social development projects in the Philippines. The ceremony was attended by Hon. Annalyn Sevilla, Undersecretary for Finance, Budget and Performance Monitoring of the Department of Education.
These new approved contracts of the Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects (GGP)*1 will provide a total of twenty-two (22) units of classrooms to four (4) elementary schools and one (1) high school in Visayas and Mindanao region. Total grant amount for these contracts is USD 477,444 (approximately 23 million pesos).
1. The project for the Construction of Classrooms for Catalunan Grande Elementary School in Davao City
Proponent: Philam foundation, Inc.
Amount of Grant: US$ 106,135 (approximately 5.3 million pesos)
The project will provide 1 storey - 6 classroom building and school furniture. It aims to address the high classroom-student ratio and damaged classrooms of Catalunan Grande Elementary School (CGES). Once the project is completed, 350 students will no longer experience spending classes in crowded classroom. It will encourage students to study more and pursue their dreams.
2. The Project for the Construction of Classrooms in Bagong Buhay Elementary School, Ormoc City, Leyte
Proponent: IsraAID Philippines Global Humanitarian Assistance Foundation, Inc.
Amount of Grant: US$ 48,556 (approximately 2.3 million pesos)
The project will provide 2 storey - 2 classroom building and school furnitures. It aims to replace the makeshift classrooms of Bagong Buhay Elementary School (BBES) which was built after typhoon Yolanda hit the city. Once the project is completed, it will replace the makeshift buildings and provide a more conducive learning environment to 70 students of BBES.
3. The Project for the Construction of Classrooms for Santo Niño High School in Talibon, Bohol
Proponent: LGU of Talibon
Amount of Grant: US$ 88,108 (approximately 4.3 million pesos)
The project will provide 1 storey - 4 classroom building and school furnitures. It aims to address the shortage of classrooms at Santo Nino High School (SNHS). Once the project is completed, the overall situation of Education in the municipality will be improved and 160 students will be encouraged to come to school.
4. The Project for the Construction of Classrooms for Julian P. Gomilla Elementary School
Proponent: LGU of Ilog
Amount of Grant: US$77,753 (approximately 3.9 million pesos)
The project will provide 4 classroom building with comfort rooms. The project aims to replace the termite infested and dilapidated classrooms of Julian P. Gomilla Elementary School (JPGES). Once the project is completed, it will provide a safer and more conducive learning environment to 100 students of JPGES. The building will also serve as temporary evacuation center during disasters for 20 households living near JPGES.
5. The Project for the Construction of Classrooms for Bonifacio Elementary School in Surigao City
Proponent: LGU of Surigao City
Amount of Grant: 156,892 (approximately 7.7 million pesos)
The project involves construction of 2 storey - 6 classroom building and school furnitures. This project aims to address the dilapidated and earthquake damaged classrooms of Bonifacio Elementary School (BES). Once the project is completed, classrooms for 350 students of BES will be safer and more conducive for learning. The project will also contribute in the rehabilitation due to the earthquake that hit the city in February 2017.
Note*1; The Government of Japan, as the top ODA donor for the Philippines, launched the Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects (GGP) in the Philippines in 1989 for the purpose of reducing poverty and helping various communities engaged in grassroots activities. As of present, 530 grassroots projects have been funded by GGP with a total amount of US$ 31,643,335 (approximately 421 million pesos)f. 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.