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Press Office - PR#25–2014, March 20, 2014

Japan Constructs Six Classrooms in Sultan Mastura, Maguindanao



Japanese Ambassador Toshinao Urabe congratulates Mr. Datu Rauf T. Mastura (CPA), Mayor of Municipality of Sultan Mastura after the grant contract for "The Project for the Construction of Classrooms for Sulon National High School" on March 20, 2014.


Japanese Ambassador Toshinao Urabe and Mr. Datu Rauf T. Mastura (CPA), Mayor of Municipality of Sultan Mastura signed the grant contract for “The Project for Construction of Classrooms for Sulon National High School in Sultan Mastura, Maguindanao” on 20 March 2014. The project, amounting to US$ 114,790 (approximately 5.1 million pesos), is funded under the Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects (GGP).


In 1972, classrooms of Sulon National High School were burn down due to armed conflict.  It was re-opened recently with the improvement of peace and order situation in the area and strong commitment and assistance from the Parents-Teachers Association and its community.


Currently, the school is using one (1) makeshift classroom and borrowing some classrooms from its neighboring elementary school. There is still an urgent need for additional classrooms.


Through GGP, Sulon National High School will be funded for construction of six (6) new classrooms equipped with armchairs, blackboards, set of tables, chairs for teachers and toilets. The new classrooms will provide better learning environment for 240 students in the community.


The project is part of the Japan-Bangsamoro Initiatives for Reconstruction and Development (J-BIRD), the Japanese government's package of assistance in support of peace and development in conflict-affected areas in Mindanao. Since the launch of J-BIRD in 2006, Japan has supported 75 GGP projects in the total amount of 6.8 million US dollars (approximately 300 million pesos) through J-BIRD.




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