Japanese Ambassador Toshinao Urabe congratulates Ms. Baibon W. Guiani, Principal of Lamuak Elementary School after the signing of the grant contract for "The Construction of Classrooms for Lamuak Elementary School in Pikit, North Cotabato," on March 20, 2014.
Japanese Ambassador Toshinao Urabe and Ms. Baibon W. Guiani, Principal of Lamuak Elementary School signed the grant contract for “The Project for Construction of Classrooms for Lamuak Elementary School” on 20 March 2014. The project, amounting to US$ 100,191 (approximately 4.4 million pesos), is funded under the Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects (GGP).
The armed conflict in 2008 resulted to non-operation of Lamuak Elementary School due to displacement of families and destruction of school facilities. It was re-opened in 2009 as the peace and order situation improved and with the assistance of World Food Programme (WFP) and United Nations Development Program (UNDP).
Currently, the school has seven (7) classrooms with 554 students. This situation leads to overcrowding that affected the learning outcome of the students.
Through the GGP, Lamuak Elementary 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 provided are aimed to improve the learning environment of 554 pupils. Also, this project will be a collaboration case of WFP and the Embassy of Japan.
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.