On April 24, 2019, Minister for Economic Affairs Makoto Iyori, Consul General Yoshiaki Miwa and Second Secretary Atsushi Kobayashi of the Embassy of Japan attended the turnover ceremony in Zamboanga City for the “The Project for the Construction of Classrooms for Tictapul Elementary School”.
The project was approved in 2016, and is part of Japan’s Official Development Assistance (ODA) through the Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects (GGP). Mr. Maximillan Ventura, President of Philam Foundation, Inc., Mr. Felix Romy A. Triambulo, Superintendent of the Department of Education Zamboanga City Division, school teachers and selected students, also graced the event.
Tictapul is one of the distant rural barangays of Zamboanga City. Similar to most rural areas in Zamboanga, Tictapul is an underprivileged community and endures shortage of appropriate social infrastructure such as school buildings.
Given the increasing number of students enrolling at Tictapul Elementary School, the school lacks the funding to improve its dilapidated classrooms and facilities. During classes, some of the students were forced to sit on the floor due to inadequate chairs and tables.
In line with Japan-Bangsamoro Initiatives for Reconstruction and Development (J-BIRD)*1, and through the Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects (GGP), the Embassy of Japan provided assistance to Philam Foundation, Inc. with a grant amounting to Forty-Eight Thousand Five Hundred Fifty-Six US dollars (USD 48,556) or approximately 2.4 million pesos. The grant covered the construction of a one-storey four-classroom school building with the necessary school furniture for Tictapul Elementary School.
This project is expected to provide a conducive learning and teaching environment which will benefit more than 700 students and 18 teaching personnel of the 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. At present, 543 grassroots projects have been implemented by the GGP. Japan believes that these projects will not only strengthen the friendship between the peoples of Japan and the Philippines but also contribute in sustaining strategic partnership between the two countries.
Note*1: Since 2006, Japan has been intensively implementing Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects and other ODA projects for conflict affected areas in Mindanao, collectively called J-BIRD (Japan-Bangsamoro Initiative for Reconstruction and Development). Their total amount is over 200 million US Dollars. Furthermore, when former President Aquino made a state visit to Japan in June 2015, Japanese Prime Minister, Mr. Shinzo Abe, expressed at their summit meeting his support for efforts by the Government of the Philippines to secure enduring peace in Mindanao, and stated that the Government of Japan will promote the J-BIRD II, in view of the establishment of a new autonomous political entity.
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