The Japanese embassy in the Philippines has allotted some P4.8 million funds for the construction of school buildings in a remote village in Magpet, North Cotabato.
Engineer Daniel Uy, Magpet municipal planning and development officer, said the school building project is under the Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security project being implemented in remote and poor communities in the country.
Mayor Efren Pinol said the construction and rehabilitation of a school building in Bagumbayan was the second project under Japan embassy initiative for North Cotabato.
Priority was given to the repair and rehabilitation of a four classroom building of the Bagumbayan National High School.
Uy said the Japan fund were used for the construction of two-classroom building with comfort rooms in Bagumbayan Elementary School.
The learning institution is serving the children of indigenous peoples living in the village and nearby areas.
Pinol was grateful the Japanese embassy has chosen his town to be one of the beneficiaries.
“The people of Bagumbayan have long been dreaming of a new school building built for their children which are now realized with the Japanese government’s generosity,” he said during the inauguration of the project Tuesday.
Pinol vowed to utilize local funds for the maintenance and operation of the new school buildings.
The local government unit had no counterpart funds for the project since it was shouldered by the donating government of Japan.
“The people of Magpet are very grateful to the Japanese government for these projects despite the volatile peace and order condition in Magpet,” he said.