MANILA--Japan is set to provide the Philippines a new package of assistance amounting to USD477,444, or about PHP 23 million, for school building projects.
The projects will be funded through the Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects (GGP) implemented by the Embassy of Japan.
Japanese Ambassador to Manila Koji Haneda is scheduled to sign five grant contracts for school building projects in the Philippines on Dec. 13.
In a statement, the embassy said the new package of assistance will form part of Japan's commitment to development efforts in the Philippines.
This includes construction of 22 units of school buildings with school furniture such as armchairs and blackboards in four elementary school and one high school.
The contracts are for classroom constructions for schools Santo NiAo High School in Talibon, Bohol; Bagong Buhay Elementary School in Ormoc City, Leyte; Bonifacio Elementary School in Surigao City; Catalunan Grande Elementary School in Davao City; and Julian P. Gomilla Elementary School in Ilog, Negros Occidental.
The Government of Japan, as the top official development assistance donor for the Philippines, launched the Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects in the Philippines in 1989 to reduce poverty and help various communities engaged in grassroots activities.
At present, the embassy said 525 grassroots projects have been funded by GGP.
"Japan believes that this project will not only strengthen the friendship between the peoples of Japan and the Philippines but also contribute to further fostering a strategic partnership between Japan and the Philippines towards the future," it added.
Source: Philippine News Agency