By Joyce Ann L. Rocamora, PNA
MANILA — A total of 700 students and more than a dozen faculty members will benefit from the newly-constructed classrooms in Zamboanga City, which were funded under the Japanese grant assistance to the Philippines.
On Wednesday, the Japanese government turned over the finished project to the Tictapul Elementary School in the Mindanao city.
Similar to most rural areas in Zamboanga, Tictapul is an underprivileged community and endures shortage of appropriate social infrastructure, such as school buildings.
According to the Japanese Embassy in Manila, the project to help address such problem was approved in 2016 as part of their Official Development Assistance through the Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects (GGP).
Japan provided assistance to Philam Foundation, Inc. with a grant amounting to USD48,556 or approximately PHP2.4 million, which covered the construction of a one-story, four-classroom school building with the necessary school furniture for the school.
The Embassy said these classrooms are expected to provide a conducive learning and teaching environment, which will benefit more than 700 students and 18 teaching personnel of the school.
The Japanese government launched the GGP in the Philippines in 1989 for the purpose of reducing poverty and helping various communities engaged in grassroots activities.
At present, a total of 543 grassroots projects have been implemented through the GGP. (PNA)