By Roy Mabasa
The Japanese government has turned over a P7.7 million two-story six-classroom building to the local government of Surigao City as part of its Official Development Assistance (ODA) for Mindanao.
Japanese Embassy First Secretary Manabu Yasukawa led the turnover of the newly-built classrooms of the Bonifacio Elementary School to Surigao City Mayor Ernesto Matugas Jr. and regional officials of the Department of Education on Thursday, Feb. 13.
In 2017, a strong earthquake has severely damaged numerous school buildings in Surigao City. Due to the lack of resources, the school had to use makeshift classrooms and conduct morning and afternoon classes to accommodate its students.
Approved in 2017, the ODAC project was coursed through the Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects (GGP) in line with the Japan-Bangsamoro Initiatives for Reconstruction and Development (J-BIRD).
Japan provided the assistance to the City Government of Surigao with a grant amounting to US$ 156,892 (approximately Php7.7 million covering the construction of the school building that will benefit more than 300 students of the Bonifacio Elementary School.
GGP in the Philippines was launched in 1989 to reduce poverty and help various communities engaged in grassroots activities.
To date, GGP had implemented 548 grassroots projects throughout the Philippines.