By ROY C. MABASA
Just in time for the resumption of face-to-face classes, the Japanese government has donated four one-story classrooms to Don Felix Robles Elementary School in La Castellana, Negros Occidental, a project as part of public aid to the Development of Japan (ODA).
Don Felix Robles Elementary School is one of the largest elementary schools in the city of La Castellana, with over 1,800 students enrolled. Due to the lack of classrooms and the dilapidated state of some of its facilities, the school cannot provide an adequate learning environment for its students. Even the school’s staff room and clinic were used as temporary classrooms to temporarily alleviate the shortage.
A fund of US$81,122 (approximately PhP4.1 million) was first approved in 2019 under the Human Security Grassroots Projects (GGP) Assistance Grant for the construction of halls class for said public school, the Japanese Embassy in Manila said in a statement on Wednesday, August 24, 2022.
On behalf of Japanese Ambassador to the Philippines Koshikawa Kazuhiko, Third Secretary Yamada Yumi led the graduation ceremony, along with Mayor of La Castellana, Alme Rhummyla Nicor-Mangilimutan, and officials from the Ministry of Education.
In his remarks, Yamada said the timely completion of the project will be able to provide a safe learning environment for students at the start of the school year.
The Japanese government started the GGP program in the Philippines in 1989 to alleviate poverty and help various communities engage in basic activities. Currently, GGP has implemented 553 local projects.
Japan is confident that these projects will strengthen the friendship and help sustain the strategic partnerships between the two countries.