Photo shows Japanese Ambassador Kazuhide Ishikawa congratulating Mayor Virginia Concepcion after signing the grant contract for “The Project for the Construction of Classrooms for Manglicmot High School in Alamada, North Cotabato” on March 24, 2015 at the Astoria Plaza, Pasig City, Metro Manila. The ceremony was witnessed by the representatives of the Municipality of Alamada.
Japanese Ambassador to the Philippines Kazuhide Ishikawa and the Municipal Mayor of Alamada, Ms. Virginia Concepcion signed the grant contract for "The Project for the Construction of Classrooms for Manglicmot High School in Alamada, North Cotabato" on March 24, 2015 at the Astoria Plaza, Ortigas Center, Pasig City, Metro Manila. The total amount is US$ 99,803 (approximately 4.3 million pesos) and is funded through the Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects (GGP).
Through GGP, The Embassy of Japan (EOJ) will once provide funding to the Municipality of Alamada for the construction of two (2) storey four (4) classroom building with provision for the procurement of four (4) teacher's tables and chairs and 164 armchairs. This undertaking aims to provide a conducive learning environment to 232 students of Manglicmot High School.
The Manglicmot High School started as an extension school of Nicaan High School in 2011. Since its establishment, the school together with the Parents and Teachers Association (PTA) contributed funds for the construction of two (2) makeshift classrooms while the remaining two (2) classrooms are borrowed from the Manglicmot Elementary School. Aside from that, the Department of Education funded the construction of two (2) classroom building which will be used for the conduct of technical-vocational skills program for the incoming Grade 11 and 12 students. The additional classrooms that will be provided by the EOJ through GGP will replace the existing makeshift and borrowed classrooms of Manglicmot High School.
(About the Proponent)
The Municipality of Alamada is one of the municipalities under the province of North Cotabato. It has a total population of 58,813 residents of which majority are engaged in agriculture particularly in the production of corn, upland rice, bananas, palm oil and rubber. Due to minimal income received in agricultural production, majority of the people are considered poor with poverty incidence peg at 44.6% in 2009. To improve the socio-economic condition of the people, the Embassy of Japan (EOJ) through GGP in FY 2011 provided funding in the amount USD 103,035 for the implementation of "The Project for the Construction of Solar Dryer and Flatbed Dryer with Warehouse, Corn Sheller and Hauling Truck." This project enabled the farmers to have accessible postharvest facilities which can help them improve their income.
(About the GGP)
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. As of present, 507 grassroots projects have been funded 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.