Three local government units across the country will benefit from the PHP13.27 million worth of humanitarian grants under Japan’s Grass-Roots Human Security Projects (GGP) Scheme, the Japanese Embassy in Manila said Wednesday.
Japanese Ambassador Kazuhiko Koshikawa signed the three contracts, which will fund the construction of a one-story four-classroom high school building in Valencia, Bohol; procure an ambulance in Sipocot, Camarines Sur; and provide a portable chest X-ray machine for Olongapo City.
During the signing ceremony, Koshikawa conveyed Japan’s commitment as the Philippines’ strategic partner in achieving sustainable and inclusive growth.
“Japan believes that these projects will strengthen the friendship between Japan and the Philippines and contribute to sustaining strategic partnerships between the two countries,” the embassy said.
The Japanese Embassy in Manila said the grant for Valencia would help accommodate more Grade 7 to 10 students at the Anoyon High School while the new ambulance in Sipocot would be equipped with necessary medical devices to bring more efficient emergency and disaster operations.
The Center for Health Solutions and Innovations Philippines Inc., meanwhile, will procure the portable chest X-ray machine to conduct active TB case finding and provide comprehensive healthcare services to the Aeta and the urban poor in Olongapo City.
Japan launched the GGP scheme in 1989 to reduce poverty and help various communities engage in grassroots activities.
The three projects are the newest addition to the more than 550 grants that have been implemented by the GGP. (PNA)